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Worldwide Research Trends on Medicinal Plants

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Faculty of Law, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR), 26006 Logroño, Spain
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Department of Biology and Geology, University of Almeria, ceiA3, 04120 Almeria, Spain
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Department of Engineering, University of Almeria, ceiA3, 04120 Almeria, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3376; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103376
Received: 22 March 2020 / Revised: 8 May 2020 / Accepted: 11 May 2020 / Published: 12 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bibliometric Studies and Worldwide Research Trends on Global Health)
The use of medicinal plants has been done since ancient times and may even be considered the origin of modern medicine. Compounds of plant origin have been and still are an important source of compounds for drugs. In this study a bibliometric study of all the works indexed in the Scopus database until 2019 has been carried out, analyzing more than 100,000 publications. On the one hand, the main countries, institutions and authors researching this topic have been identified, as well as their evolution over time. On the other hand, the links between the authors, the countries and the topics under research have been analyzed through the detection of communities. The last two periods, from 2009 to 2014 and from 2015 to 2019, have been examined in terms of research topics. It has been observed that the areas of study or clusters have been reduced, those of the last period being those engaged in unclassified drug, traditional medicine, cancer, in vivo study—antidiabetic activity, and animals—anti-inflammatory activity. In summary, it has been observed that the trend in global research is focused more on the search for new medicines or active compounds rather than on the cultivation or domestication of plant species with this demonstrated potential. View Full-Text
Keywords: medicinal plants; drugs; worldwide research; bibliometrics; traditional medicine medicinal plants; drugs; worldwide research; bibliometrics; traditional medicine
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Salmerón-Manzano, E.; Garrido-Cardenas, J.A.; Manzano-Agugliaro, F. Worldwide Research Trends on Medicinal Plants. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3376.

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