:: Volume 13, Issue 3 (Summer 2022) ::
Caspian J Intern Med 2022, 13(3): 490-497 Back to browse issues page
A scientometric study of Iran and the world countries' contribution to internal medicine (1996-2019)
Ali Shabestani Monfared , Ali Bijani , Khadijeh Tahmasebi , Mousa Yaminfirooz *
Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Health Research Institute, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran , yaminfirooz@gmail.com
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Background: Considering the importance of internal medicine and the lack of sufficient scientometric data on the research status of the field in Iran, the study aimed at investigating the state of scientific output in the country compared to the countries in the world.
Methods: This applied research used a scientometric approach. The related MeSH-driven terms in "internal medicine" were selected as search phrases and searched in the SCImago database. SPSS and Excel software packages were used for statistical analysis. Geographical mapping was done with Google Maps for depicting country geographical distribution.
Results: Out of all 4,972,258 papers published by 230 countries worldwide in the field, about 60% belonged to the USA and Western European countries. These countries were at top of citation and self-citation counts as well as the h-index indicator. The citations per paper indicator were 27.1 and about 25.1% of total citations were self-citations. A significant positive correlation was found between the number of papers, citation count, and self-citation rate, and h-index in the field (p<0.001).
Conclusion: The research status of internal medicine in developed regions and countries was quantitatively and qualitatively better than that of developing countries, including Iran.
Keywords: Internal medicine, Bibliometrics, Citation Analysis, Iran
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Internal
Received: 2021/07/27 | Accepted: 2021/11/6 | Published: 2022/06/1



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