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Parasites and Vectors

, 6:331

First Online: 18 November 2013Received: 03 September 2013Accepted: 07 November 2013


BackgroundA number of scientific papers on yellow fever have been published but no broad scientometric analysis on the published research of yellow fever has been reported.

The aim of the article based study was to provide an in-depth evaluation of the yellow fever field using large-scale data analysis and employment of bibliometric indicators of production and quantity.

MethodsData were retrieved from the Web of Science database WoS and analyzed as part of the NewQis platform. Then data were extracted from each file, transferred to databases and visualized as diagrams. Partially by means of density-equalizing mapping makes the findings clear and emphasizes the output of the analysis.

ResultsIn the study period from 1900 to 2012 a total of 5,053 yellow fever-associated items were published by 79 countries. The United States USA having the highest publication rate at 42% n = 751 followed by far from Brazil n = 203, France n = 149 and the United Kingdom n = 113. The most productive journals are the -Public Health Reports-, the -American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene- and the -Journal of Virology-. The gender analysis showed an overall steady increase of female authorship from 1950 to 2011. Brazil is the only country of the five most productive countries with a higher proportion of female scientists.

ConclusionsThe present data shows an increase in research productivity over the entire study period, in particular an increase of female scientists. Brazil shows a majority of female authors, a fact that is confirmed by other studies.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1756-3305-6-331 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Matthias Bundschuh - David A Groneberg - Doris Klingelhoefer - Alexander Gerber


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