ISSN 2147-9720 | E-ISSN 2148-4279
Original Article
Overview of the publications of rheumatologists after the millennium
1 Department of Rheumatology, Kartal Dr. Lütfi Kırdar Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey  
Eur J Rheumatol 2015; 2: 96-98
DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2015.0112
Key Words: Rheumatology, rheumatologist, publication, rheumatic diseases
Abstract

Objective: Scientific progress can be directly measured by the growth of the scientific archive. To our knowledge, there has never been a systematic evaluation of the number and properties of the publications of rheumatologists. In this paper, we aimed to evaluate the properties of these papers.

 

Material and Methods: All papers that were published between 2000 and 2011 by at least one rheumatologist author and that were indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded were evaluated. For this purpose, we used the ISI web of knowledge web of science software.

 

Results: Original articles were the most common document type. Most of the papers were published in rheumatology journals. From the point of the number of published papers, the top 3 countries were United States, England, and Germany; the top 3 journals were Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Rheumatology, and Arthritis and Rheumatism, and the top 3 institutes are Harvard University, Leiden University, and The Imperial College of Science, Technology. Moreover, the publications of rheumatologists increased annually between 2000 and 2011.

 

Conclusion: This paper is an overview of the publications of rheumatologists between 2000 and 2011. The results indicate an increasing trend of scientific productivity for rheumatologists. The outcomes about countries, institutions, and journals are in concordance with the general medical publication trends. More than half of the publications written by rheumatologist were published by rheumatology journals. We consider only quantitative data about publications; new research is required to qualitatively evaluate the data.

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