Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health

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Geographic, Subject, and Authorship Trends among LMIC-based Scientific Publications in High-impact Global Health and General Medicine Journals: A 30-Month Bibliometric Analysis

Authors
Marium Ghani1, Rowan Hurrell2, Avelino C. Verceles3, Michael T. McCurdy3, Alfred Papali4, 5, *
1Department of Internal Medicine, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, 374 Stockholm Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA
2Department of Internal Medicine, Alaska Native Medical Center, 4315 Diplomacy Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA
3Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 110 S. Paca Street, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
4Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC 28210, USA
5Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
*Corresponding author. Email: alfred.papali@atriumhealth.org
Corresponding Author
Alfred Papali
Received 23 October 2019, Accepted 25 January 2020, Available Online 8 April 2020.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.200325.001How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Global health, publication, geographic, low income, low-middle income, journal, impact factor, equity
Abstract

The globalization of medical research and global health’s increasing popularity worldwide have resulted in greater geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of studies published in the scientific literature. Yet the geographic distribution, authorship representation, and subject trends among Low-/Low-Middle-Income Country (LIC/LMIC)-based scientific publications remain largely unknown. This analysis assesses these gaps in knowledge. We performed a comprehensive bibliometric analysis of all scientific articles published between January 2014 and June 2016 in the four most prominent general medicine and five most prominent general global health journals based on impact factor. The African region, containing 24% of the global LIC/LMIC population, accounted for 49.9% of all publications. Corresponding authors with either exclusive or joint appointment to a LIC/LMIC institution were present in 26.2% of all included articles. Over one-quarter (28.8%) of all publications did not list a local author. Nearly two-thirds (62.1%) of articles published in global health journals and roughly half (52.4%) in general medicine journals involved infectious diseases. Non-HIV infectious disease studies were by far the most frequent subject areas across all journals. The trends identified in this study may help to inform the evolution and prioritization of future research efforts, thereby allowing global health to remain truly global.

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Journal
Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health
Publication Date
2020/04
ISSN (Online)
2210-6014
ISSN (Print)
2210-6006
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.200325.001How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2020 The Authors. Published by Atlantis Press International B.V.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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