Worldwide and Brazilian scientific publications on Leishmaniasis in the first 19 years of 21st century: a bibliometric study

  • Saulo Nascimento de Melo Post-Graduation Program in Health Sciences, Federal University of São João del Rei, Central-West Dona Lindu Campus, Divinópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Amanda Cristina Silva Post-Graduation Program in Health Sciences, Federal University of São João del Rei, Central-West Dona Lindu Campus, Divinópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • David Soeiro Barbosa Parasitology Department, Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Heber Paulino Pena Post-Graduation Program in Health Sciences, Federal University of São João del Rei, Central-West Dona Lindu Campus, Divinópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Shaytner Campos Duarte Faculty of Medicine of Campos, Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Rafael Gonçalves Teixeira-Neto Post-Graduation Program in Health Sciences, Federal University of São João del Rei, Central-West Dona Lindu Campus, Divinópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Eduardo Sergio da Silva Post-Graduation Program in Health Sciences, Federal University of São João del Rei, Central-West Dona Lindu Campus, Divinópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Vinícius Silva Belo Post-Graduation Program in Health Sciences, Federal University of São João del Rei, Central-West Dona Lindu Campus, Divinópolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Keywords: Leishmaniasis, bibliometrics, information science, Brazil

Abstract

Introduction: Leishmaniasis is a set of tropical diseases widely distributed throughout the world. Publications concerning different aspects of leishmaniasis have shown an increasing trend in recent years, especially in Brazil, where this disease has been under continuous expansion. The present study analyzes the data and assess trends in publications on leishmaniasis in Brazil and worldwide.

Methodology: The bibliometric analysis was performed on the Scopus database, addressing data on scientific publications about leishmaniasis in the first nineteen years of the 21st century. The tendency of the annual number of publications was analyzed by mean of linear regression equations.

Results: The literature search identified 19.317 publications. Brazil was the country with the largest number of studies (24.88%). The annual growth rate for Brazilian publications was 4.66%, whereas worldwide publications grew 2.96%. The leading ten international authors contributed to 8.71% of the publications, whereas the ten principal Brazilian authors contributed to 4.31%. The largest collaboration network between authors was between Brazil and the United States. Oswaldo Cruz Foundation occupied the premier position in both worldwide and Brazilian ranking in number of publications. The international journal with the largest number of publications and SCImago Journal Rank indicator was PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The Journal of Immunology had the highest H-index. Most of the research covered topics related to immunology and molecular biology.

Conclusions: The data show relevant characteristics of the scientific production on leishmaniasis and demonstrate the fundamental role played by Brazil in the production of knowledge in this area of study.

Published
2022-04-30
How to Cite
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Nascimento de MeloS, Cristina SilvaA, Soeiro BarbosaD, Pena HP, Campos DuarteS, Gonçalves Teixeira-NetoR, Sergio da SilvaE, Silva BeloV (2022) Worldwide and Brazilian scientific publications on Leishmaniasis in the first 19 years of 21st century: a bibliometric study. J Infect Dev Ctries 16:675-682. doi: 10.3855/jidc.13064
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