ABS: Brambrink, Publications on paediatric anaesthesia: a quantitative analysis of publication activity and international recognition

Gretchen Whitney gwhitney at UTK.EDU
Mon Jan 22 19:47:06 EST 2001

E-mail: ehrld000 at mail.uni-mainz.de      OR    brambrin at mail.uni-mainz.de

TITLE           Publications on paediatric anaesthesia: a quantitative
analysis of publication activity and international recognition
AUTHOR  Brambrink AM, Ehrler D, Dick WF

 Document type: Article    Language: English    Cited References: 24
Times Cited: 0

A comprehensive compilation of the current international literature on
paediatric anaesthesia is lacking. The aim of this study was to identify all
articles on clinical practice in paediatric anaesthesia, to name the
respective journals, and to assess the publication activity and
international recognition of selected countries for a 6-yr period
(1993-1998). The search comprised an article-to-article evaluation ('hand
search') of 12 peer-reviewed anaesthesia journals, as well as an
Internet-based ('SilverPlatter') Medline(TM)-search (3.900 medical journals,
US National Library of Medicine), both limited to original articles, case
reports, reviews and editorials. Selected physical characteristics, for
example the number of infants and children aged 0-14 yr old, the number of
anaesthetists (specialists) and current
impact factors (Science Citation Index) served to assess publication
activity and international recognition. During the time period studied, 2259
articles (377/yr) were published on paediatric anaesthesia in 295 medical
journals. The articles were primarily written in English (85.1%) and the
majority originated from the USA (35.4%) and the UK (12.6%). The largest
number of publications (77.7%) appeared in 29 anaesthesia journals, all
referenced in Medline(TM), with 46% being published by only five journals.
Most authors published in journals of their home country/region. Authors
from the UK ranked highest in publication activity, followed by those from
Canada, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark. The highest impact factor was
achieved by US and UK authors. We conclude that
publications on paediatric anaesthesia are clustered in a small number of
journals and are written predominantly by authors from English-speaking
countries, who achieved the highest international recognition.

Author Keywords:
anaesthesia, paediatric, publications

KeyWords Plus:

Brambrink AM, Univ Mainz, Univ Hosp, Dept Anaesthesiol, Langenbeckstr 1,
D-55131 Mainz, Germany.
Univ Mainz, Univ Hosp, Dept Anaesthesiol, D-55131 Mainz, Germany.


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