Abstract: The current study is the first scientometric analysis of research activity and output in the field of inflammatory disorders of the heart (endo-, myo- and pericarditis). Scientometric methods are used to compare scientific performance on national and on international scale to identify single areas of research interest. Interest and research productivity in inflammatory diseases of the heart have increased since 1990. The majority of publications about inflammatory heart disorders were published in Western Europe and North America. The United States of America had a leading position in terms of research productivity and quality; half of the most productive authors in this study came from American institutions. The analysis of international cooperation revealed research activity in countries that are less established in the field of inflammatory heart disorder research, such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. These results indicate that future research of heart inflammation may no longer be influenced predominantly by a small number of countries. Furthermore, this study revealed weaknesses in currently established scientometric parameters (i.e., h-index, impact factor) that limit their suitability as measures of research quality. In this respect, self-citations should be generally excluded from calculations of h-index and impact factor.
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Schöffel, N.; Vitzthum, K.; Mache, S.; Groneberg, D.A.; Quarcoo, D. The Role of Endocarditis, Myocarditis and Pericarditis in Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2919-2933.
Schöffel N, Vitzthum K, Mache S, Groneberg DA, Quarcoo D. The Role of Endocarditis, Myocarditis and Pericarditis in Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(12):2919-2933.
Schöffel, Norman; Vitzthum, Karin; Mache, Stefanie; Groneberg, David A.; Quarcoo, David. 2009. "The Role of Endocarditis, Myocarditis and Pericarditis in Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 12: 2919-2933.