2020, Number 3
Bibliometric analysis of Latin American and Caribbean scientific production about COVID-19 in PubMed
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ABSTRACTThe purpose of the study was to evaluate the Latin American and Caribbean scientific production about COVID-19. The search was conducted in the database PubMed. A total 257 documents were retrieved (3% of the world production) from 155 journals. Output growth was found to be linear (R2= 0.72). The transience index reached 89%, and 0.45% of the Latin American authors were prolific producers (≥ 10 papers). A total 655 authors affiliated to 311 institutions were from 16 Latin American and Caribbean countries. The international collaboration rate reached 61.08%, and the international collaboration level was 4.12 ± 2.93. The journals with the greatest production were Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease (n= 23) and Epidemiology and Health Services: Journal of the Brazilian Unified Health System (n= 13). The papers were published in English (96.87%), Portuguese (8.56%) and Spanish (5.05%). The number of studies about COVID-19 should be increased in Latin America with more prolific authors, to consolidate the bibliography on the topic. International collaboration should be broadened with a view to setting up effective work strategies.
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Escalera-Antezana JP, Lizon-Ferrufino NF, Maldonado-Alanoca A, Alarcon-De-la-Vega G, Alvarado-Arnez LE, Balderrama-Saavedra MA. Clinical characteristics of the first cases and a group of 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bolivia imported from Italy and Spain. Trav Med Infect Dis. 2020;35(3):101653. DOI: https://doi.org/ 10.1016/j.tmaid.2020.101653