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Analysis of the leprosy literature indexed in Medline (1950-2007)

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dc.contributor.author Schoonbaert, D.
dc.contributor.author Demedts, V.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-05T14:13:04Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-05T14:13:04Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.issn 0305-7518
dc.identifier.other ITG-I1B
dc.identifier.other ITG-ILB
dc.identifier.other INTER
dc.identifier.other U-LIBRA
dc.identifier.other JIF
dc.identifier.other FTA
dc.identifier.other ABSTRACT
dc.identifier.other UPD10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10390/2572
dc.description.abstract Some 19,201 leprosy-related articles were identified in the Medline database for the period 1950-2007. These were analysed for distribution and evolution of a number of variables: publication years, languages, document types, journals, authors, major aspects and countries involved, and author addresses. Next to a number of tables presenting the actual results, some noteworthy trends and possible pitfalls in the interpretation of these results are discussed. The analysis shows that the number of leprosy-related articles peaked in the 1980s and has been in decline ever since, as well in absolute as in relative numbers. Coverage of non-English language literature has decreased far more strongly than that of English language articles. The scholarly input of a number of countries where the leprosy burden is the highest, such as India and Brazil, is clearly visible in the distribution of journals, authors, and for some, language, but this is certainly not the case for all countries afflicted. en
dc.language English en
dc.publisher British Leprosy Relief Association en_US
dc.subject Bacterial diseases en
dc.subject Leprosy en
dc.subject Bibliometrics en
dc.subject Review of the literature en
dc.title Analysis of the leprosy literature indexed in Medline (1950-2007) en
dc.type Article en
dc.citation.issue 4 en
dc.citation.jtitle Leprosy Review en
dc.citation.volume 79 en
dc.citation.pages 387-400 en
dc.publisher.place Colchester en_US
dc.citation.jabbreviation Lepr Rev en


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