Monday, 11 July 2016

Status and impact of acupuncture research: A bibliometric analysis of global and Brazilian scientific output from 2000 to 2014


Volume 22, Issue 6, June 2016, Pages 429-436

Status and impact of acupuncture research: A bibliometric analysis of global and Brazilian scientific output from 2000 to 2014  (Article)

Department of Public Health, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina-Florianópolis, Santa-Catarina, Brazil

Núcleo de Medicina Tradicional Chinesa e Acupuntura, Hospital
Universitário da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Catarina
Trindade, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Department of Medicine II, Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto, São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil


Objective: This
bibliometric study was designed to evaluate the scientific output of
Brazilian acupuncture publications and compare that output to the global
trends in the same area. Methods: The analyzed data were retrieved from
the online version of Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-E) database
and covered the period from 2000 to 2014. The documents were searched by
using the topic filter to find acupuncture-related documents (ARDs) and
the title filter for acupuncture-specific documents (ASDs). The
analyzed categories included number of publications, type of documents,
number of citations, universities/institutions, research areas, and
journals. Results: A total of 9301 ARDs and 5974 ASDs were published in
the past 15 years worldwide. The global average number of citations per
document was 10.61 for ARDs and 9.24 for ASDs. Brazil has published 252
ARDs and 169 ASDs, which corresponds to the tenth and ninth positions on
the global correspondent rankings. The United States is the most
productive country, with 2503 ARD publications, followed by China with
2143 and South Korea with 925. Norway is in the first position for the
ARD citation rank, with 25.77 citations per document; Switzerland is in
the first position for the ASD citation rank, with 26.66. Brazil has
4.19 citations per document, which corresponds to the 20th position in
the ASD citation rankings. Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine,
Acupuncture in Medicine, and The Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine are the leading journals in terms of numbers of
ARDs and ASDs in Brazil and globally. Conclusion: The bibliometric
analysis of the SCI-E database shows that global numbers of ARDs and
ASDs and citations have constantly increased from 2000 to 2014. Brazil
is among the top 10 most productive countries in the world in terms of
number of acupuncture publications. However, the number of citations of
Brazilian documents is below the global average. © Mary Ann Liebert,
Inc. 2016.

ISSN: 10755535

Source Type: Journal
Original language: English

DOI: 10.1089/acm.2015.0281
Document Type: Article
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert Inc.

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