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A Bibliometric Analysis of the Health Field Regarding Social Networks and Young People

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Grupo Investigación epidemiológica en Atención primaria (GC-12) del Instituto Maimónides de Departamento de Enfermería, Campus de Menéndez Pidal, Universidad de Córdoba, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
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Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, UK
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Grupo Investigación epidemiológica en Atención primaria (GC-12) del Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba (IMIBIC), Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
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Departamento de Física Aplicada, Campus de Rabanales (ceiA3), Universidad de Córdoba, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
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Departamento Ingeniería Rural, Ed Leonardo da Vinci, Campus de Rabanales, Universidad de Córdoba, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
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eHealth Research Group, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 4024; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16204024
Received: 12 September 2019 / Revised: 17 October 2019 / Accepted: 18 October 2019 / Published: 21 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bibliometric Studies and Worldwide Research Trends on Global Health)
Social networks have historically been used to share information and support regarding health-related topics, and this usage has increased with the rise of online social media. Young people are high users of social media, both as passive listeners and as active contributors. This study aimed to map the trends in publications focused on social networks, health, and young people over the last 40 years. Scopus and the program VOSviewer were used to map the frequency of the publications, keywords, and clusters of researchers active in the field internationally. A structured keyword search using the Scopus database yielded 11,966 publications. The results reveal a long history of research on social networks, health, and young people. Research articles were the most common type of publication (68%), most of which described quantitative studies (82%). The main discipline represented in this literature was medicine, with 6062 documents. North American researchers dominate the field, both as authors and partners in international research collaborations. The present article adds to the literature by elucidating the growing importance of social networks in health research as a topic of study. This may help to inform future investments in public health research and surveillance using these novel data sources. View Full-Text
Keywords: social networks; health; young people; bibliometric study social networks; health; young people; bibliometric study
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Aparicio-Martinez, P.; Perea-Moreno, A.-J.; Martinez-Jimenez, M.P.; Redel-Macías, M.D.; Vaquero-Abellan, M.; Pagliari, C. A Bibliometric Analysis of the Health Field Regarding Social Networks and Young People. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4024.

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