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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(6), 1856-1869; doi:10.3390/ijerph6061856
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Tobacco Control: Visualisation of Research Activity Using Density-Equalizing Mapping and Scientometric Benchmarking Procedures

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Received: 11 May 2009; Accepted: 5 June 2009 / Published: 12 June 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smoking and Tobacco Control)
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Abstract: Background: Tobacco smoking continues to be a major preventable cause of death and disease and therefore tobacco control research is extremely important. However, research in this area is often hampered by a lack in funding and there is a need for scientometric techniques to display research efforts. Methods: The present study combines classical bibliometric tools with novel scientometric and visualizing techniques in order to analyse and categorise research in the field of tobacco control. Results: All studies related to tobacco control and listed in the ISI database since 1900 were identified by the use of defined search terms.Using bibliometric approaches, a continuous increase in qualitative markers such as collaboration numbers or citations were found for tobacco control research. The combination with density equalizing mapping revealed a distinct global pattern of research productivity and citation activity. Radar chart techniques were used to visualize bi- and multilateral research cooperation and institutional cooperation. Conclusions: The present study supplies a first scientometricapproach that visualises research activity in the field of tobacco control. It provides data that can be used for funding policy and the identification of research clusters.
Keywords: tobacco control; scientometrics; density equalizing mapping tobacco control; scientometrics; density equalizing mapping
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Kusma, B.; Scutaru, C.; Quarcoo, D.; Welte, T.; Fischer, T.C.; Groneberg-Kloft, B. Tobacco Control: Visualisation of Research Activity Using Density-Equalizing Mapping and Scientometric Benchmarking Procedures. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1856-1869.

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Kusma B, Scutaru C, Quarcoo D, Welte T, Fischer TC, Groneberg-Kloft B. Tobacco Control: Visualisation of Research Activity Using Density-Equalizing Mapping and Scientometric Benchmarking Procedures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(6):1856-1869.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Kusma, Bianca; Scutaru, Cristian; Quarcoo, David; Welte, Tobias; Fischer, Tanja C.; Groneberg-Kloft, Beatrix. 2009. "Tobacco Control: Visualisation of Research Activity Using Density-Equalizing Mapping and Scientometric Benchmarking Procedures." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 6: 1856-1869.



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