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Evaluating the current state of the art of Huntington disease research: a scientometric analysis

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Title
Evaluating the current state of the art of Huntington disease research: a scientometric analysis
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Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, January 2018
DOI 10.1590/1414-431x20176299
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L.A. Barboza, N.C. Ghisi

Abstract

Huntington disease (HD) is an incurable neurodegenerative disorder caused by a dominant mutation on the 4th chromosome. We aim to present a scientometric analysis of the extant scientific undertakings devoted to better understanding HD. Therefore, a quantitative study was performed to examine the current state-of-the-art approaches that foster researchers' understandings of the current knowledge, research trends, and research gaps regarding this disorder. We performed literature searches of articles that were published up to September 2016 in the "ISI Web of Science™" (http://apps.webofknowledge.com/). The keyword used was "Huntington disease". Of the initial 14,036 articles that were obtained, 7732 were eligible for inclusion in the study according to their relevance. Data were classified according to language, country of publication, year, and area of concentration. The country leader regarding the number of studies published on HD is the United States, accounting for nearly 30% of all publications, followed by England and Germany, who have published 10 and 7% of all publications, respectively. Regarding the language in which the articles were written, 98% of publications were in English. The first publication to be found on HD was published in 1974. A surge of publications on HD can be seen from 1996 onward. In relation to the various knowledge areas that emerged, most publications were in the fields of neuroscience and neurology, likely because HD is a neurodegenerative disorder. Publications written in areas such as psychiatry, genetics, and molecular biology also predominated.

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Unknown 65 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 21 32%
Student > Master 11 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 14%
Researcher 5 8%
Other 4 6%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 10 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 20 31%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 5%
Psychology 3 5%
Other 15 23%
Unknown 10 15%