Summary Homeopathy has been applied to clinical use since it was first presented 200 years ago. The use of the bibilometric analysis technique for examining this topic does not exist in the literature. The objective of this study is to conduct a bibliometric analysis of all homeopathy-related publications in Science Citation Index (SCI). A systematic search was performed using the SCI for publications during the period of 1991 to 2003. Selected documents included ‘Homoeopathy, Homoeopathic, Homeopathy, or Homeopathic’ as a part of the title, abstract, or keywords. Analyzed parameters included authorship, patterns of international collaboration, journal, language, document type, research address, number of times cited, and reprint author’s address. Citation analysis was mainly based on the impact factor as defined by the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and on citations per publications (CPP), which is used to assess the impact relative to the entire field and is defined as the ratio between the average numbers of citations per publications in a certain period. Of total articles, 49% had a single author. The UK, the US, and Germany produced 71% of the total output, while European countries as a whole also contributed 65% of the total share of independent publications. English remains the dominant language, it comprised only 76%, while German contributed 18%, and the remaining where distributed among 8 European languages. More document types and languages, and fewer pages have appeared in homeopathy research. 3.5% of papers were cited more than 10 times in three years after publication, and 60% were never cited. Small-group collaboration was a popular method as co-authorship. The top 3 ranking countries of publication were the UK, the US, and Germany. The US dominated citation followed by the UK, and then Germany. In addition, a simulation model was applied to describe the relationship between the cumulative number of citations and the paper life.
The use of the bibilometric analytical technique for examining tsunami research does not exist in the literature. The objective
of the study was to perform a bibliometric analysis of all tsunami-related publications in the Science Citation Index (SCI).
Analyzed parameters included document type, language of publication, publication output, authorship, publication patterns,
distribution of subject category, distribution of author keywords, country of publication, most-frequently cited article,
and document distribution after the Indonesia tsunami. The US and Japan produced 53% of the total output where the seven major
industrial countries accounted for the majority of the total production. English was the dominant language, comprising 95%
of articles. A simulation model was applied to describe the relationship between the number of authors and the number of articles,
the number of journals and the number of articles, and the percentage of total articles and the number of times a certain
keyword was used. Moreover the tsunami publication patterns in the first 8 months after the Indonesia tsunami occurred on
26 December 2004 indicated a high percentage of non-article publications and more documents being published in journals with
higher impact factors.
Authors:Wen-Ta Chiu, Jing-Shan Huang, and Yuh-Shan Ho
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has become the major of health issues since its outbreak early 2003. No analyses
by bibliometric technique that have examined this topic exist in the literature. The objective of this study is to conduct
a bibliometric analysis of all SARS-related publications in Science Citation Index (SCI) in the early stage. A systematic search was performed using the SCI for publications since SARS outbreak early 2003.
Selected documents included 'severe acute respiratory syndrome' or 'SARS' as a part of its title, abstract, or keyword from
the beginning stage of SARS outbreak, March till July 8, 2003. Analysis parameters included authorship, patterns of international
collaboration, journals, language, document type, research institutional address, times cited, and reprint address. Citation
analysis was mainly based on impact factor as defined by Journal Citation Reports(JCR) issued in 2002 and on the actual citation impact (ACI), which has been used to assess the impact relative to the whole
field and has been defined as the ratio between individual citation per publication value and the total citation per publication
value. Thirty-two percent of total share was published as news features, 25% as editorial materials, 22% as articles, 13%
as letters, and the remaining being biographic items, corrections, meeting abstracts, and reprints. The US dominated the production
by 30% of the total share followed closely by Hong Kong with 24%. Sixty-three percent of publication was published by the
mainstream countries. The SARS publication pattern in the past few months suggests immediate citation, low collaboration rate,
and English and mainstream country domination in production. We observed no associations of research indexes with the number
Authors:Wang-Huu Hsieh, Wen-Ta Chiu, Yee-Shuan Lee, and Yuh-Shan Ho
A bibliometric analysis was performed to assess the quantitative trend of Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) treatment research, including intravenous injection of indomethacin and surgery. The documents studied were retrieved from the Science Citation Index (SCI) for the period from 1991 to 2002. The publication pattern concerning authorship, collaboration, original countries, citation frequency, document type, language of publication, distribution of journals, page count and the most frequently cited papers were performed. The results indicated that either treatment was not the recent emphasis of PDA research. The publishing countries of both treatments have also denoted that these researches were mostly done in Europe and North America. Both surgery and drug treatments had few international collaboration papers. English was the dominant language, and collaboration of two to six authors was the most popular level of co-authorship.