Skram, U; Larsen, B; Ingwersen, P; Viby-Mogensen, J "Scandinavian research in anaesthesiology 1981-2000: visibility and impact in EU and world context" ACTA ANAESTHESIOLOGICA SCANDINAVICA, 48 (8): 1006-1013 SEP 2004
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E-mail Address: U. Skram : skram at dadlnet.dk
Author(s): Skram, U; Larsen, B; Ingwersen, P; Viby-Mogensen, J
Title: Scandinavian research in anaesthesiology 1981-2000: visibility and
impact in EU and world context
Source: ACTA ANAESTHESIOLOGICA SCANDINAVICA, 48 (8): 1006-1013 SEP 2004
Language: English Document Type: Article
Background: We wished to assess the development in number and impact of
publications in anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine from 1981 to
2000 in the four Scandinavian countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, and
Denmark. For comparison, we also analyzed data from the UK and the Netherlands.
Methods: Publication and citation data from 1981 to 2000 were gathered from
National Science Indicators (2001), covering 33 journals indexed in Current
Contents. Data were analyzed in running 5-year periods. The following
informetric indicators were used: absolute number of publications; absolute
number of citations; absolute citation impact (average number of citations
per publication per 5-year period); citation impact relative to the European
Union and the world; and the percentage of cited papers from each country.
Results: The annual number of publications from Denmark was stable over the
20-year period. Sweden increased its production by 35%, while the remaining
four countries showed increases from 100% to 146%. Thus, Sweden and Denmark
lost visibility within the European Union (EU) and in world context. The EU
and world citation shares of Finland and Norway increased slightly, whereas
those of Sweden, Denmark, the UK, and the Netherlands all declined
significantly. The absolute citation impact (ACI) increased for all the four
Scandinavian countries. The ACI of the Netherlands did not change and was
surpassed by all the Scandinavian countries by 1994-98, while the UK
finished below the other five countries.
Conclusions: (1) The annual number of publications from Sweden, Norway,
Finland, the UK, and the Netherlands increased after the late eighties,
whereas the net publication output from Denmark was stagnant over the
20-year period investigated; (2) the international publication and citation
visibility of Finland and Norway increased slightly, as opposed to the
significant decrease seen by the other four countries; (3) judging from the
increase in absolute and relative citation impact and in the percentage of
cited papers, the recognition of publications from the four Scandinavian
countries increased over the past 20 years.
Addresses: Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Rigshosp, Acad Dept Anaesthesia,
Copenhagen, Denmark; Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Rigshosp, Dept Anaesthesia &
Intens Care, Copenhagen, Denmark; Royal Sch Lib & Informat Sci, Dept
Informat Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark
Reprint Address: Skram, U, Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Rigshosp, Dept
Euroanesthesia 2091, Neuro Sci Ctr, Blegdamsvej 9, Copenhagen 2100 OE, Denmark.
E-mail Address: skram at dadlnet.dk
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