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A Bibliometric Analysis of the Global Research Trend in Child Maltreatment

Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
Vietnam Young Physician Association, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Department of Pediatrics, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Department of Emergency Medicine, Vietnam National Children’s Hospital, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Institute for Global Health Innovations, Duy Tan University, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Center for Research and Training, Tam Anh Hospital, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Youth Research Institute, Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Department of Surgery, Hanoi Medical University Hospital, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Center for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Thanh Tay University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Centre Emile Bernheim, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels B-1050, Belgium
Institute of Philosophy, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Faculty of Graduate Studies, National Economics University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Dijon, 21000 Dijon, France
Vietnam Czech Friendship Hospital, Hai Phong 180000, Vietnam
School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9, Canada
Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main 60323, Germany
Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai 400 019, India
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, London WC1E 7HT, UK
Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore 119228, Singapore
Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119228, Singapore
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(7), 1456;
Received: 20 June 2018 / Revised: 6 July 2018 / Accepted: 7 July 2018 / Published: 10 July 2018
Child maltreatment remains a major health threat globally that requires the understanding of socioeconomic and cultural contexts to craft effective interventions. However, little is known about research agendas globally and the development of knowledge-producing networks in this field of study. This study aims to explore the bibliometric overview on child maltreatment publications to understand their growth from 1916 to 2018. Data from the Web of Science Core Collection were collected in May 2018. Only research articles and reviews written in the English language were included, with no restrictions by publication date. We analyzed publication years, number of papers, journals, authors, keywords and countries, and presented the countries collaboration and co-occurrence keywords analysis. From 1916 to 2018, 47,090 papers (53.0% in 2010–2018) were published in 9442 journals. Child Abuse & Neglect (2576 papers; 5.5%); Children and Youth Services Review (1130 papers; 2.4%) and Pediatrics (793 papers, 1.7%) published the most papers. The most common research areas were Psychology (16,049 papers, 34.1%), Family Studies (8225 papers, 17.5%), and Social Work (7367 papers, 15.6%). Among 192 countries with research publications, the most prolific countries were the United States (26,367 papers), England (4676 papers), Canada (3282 papers) and Australia (2664 papers). We identified 17 authors who had more than 60 scientific items. The most cited papers (with at least 600 citations) were published in 29 journals, headed by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (7 papers) and the Lancet (5 papers). This overview of global research in child maltreatment indicated an increasing trend in this topic, with the world’s leading centers located in the Western countries led by the United States. We called for interdisciplinary research approaches to evaluating and intervening on child maltreatment, with a focus on low-middle income countries (LMICs) settings and specific contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: child maltreatment; scientometrics; child abuse and neglect; global mapping; bibliometric analysis child maltreatment; scientometrics; child abuse and neglect; global mapping; bibliometric analysis
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Tran, B.X.; Pham, T.V.; Ha, G.H.; Ngo, A.T.; Nguyen, L.H.; Vu, T.T.M.; Do, H.N.; Nguyen, V.; Nguyen, A.T.L.; Tran, T.T.; Truong, N.T.; Hoang, V.Q.; Ho, T.M.; Dam, N.V.; Vuong, T.T.; Nguyen, H.Q.; Le, H.T.; Do, H.T.; Moir, M.; Shimpuku, Y.; Dhimal, M.; Arya, S.S.; Nguyen, T.H.; Bhattarai, S.; Latkin, C.A.; Ho, C.S.; Ho, R.C. A Bibliometric Analysis of the Global Research Trend in Child Maltreatment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1456.

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