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COVID-19 Publications in Family Medicine Journals in 2020: A PubMed-Based Bibliometric Analysis

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Department of Family Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei 112, Taiwan
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School of Medicine, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei 112, Taiwan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7748; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157748
Received: 23 June 2021 / Revised: 18 July 2021 / Accepted: 19 July 2021 / Published: 21 July 2021
Family medicine physicians have been on the front lines of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic; however, research and publications in family medicine journals are rarely discussed. In this study, a bibliometric analysis was conducted on COVID-19-related articles published in PubMed-indexed English language family medicine journals in 2020, which recorded the publication date and author’s country and collected citations from Google Scholar. Additionally, we used LitCovid (an open database of COVID-19 literature from PubMed) to determine the content categories of each article and total number of global publications. We found that 33 family medicine journals published 5107 articles in 2020, of which 409 (8.0%) were COVID-19-related articles. Among the article categories, 107 were original articles, accounting for only 26.2% of the articles. In terms of content, the main category was prevention, with 177 articles, accounting for 43.3% of the articles. At the beginning of the epidemic, 10 articles were published in family medicine journals in January 2020, accounting for 11% of all COVID-19-related articles worldwide; however, this accounted for <0.5% of all disciplinary studies in the entire year. Therefore, family medicine journals indeed play a sentinel role, and the intensities and timeliness of COVID-19 publications deserve further investigation. View Full-Text
Keywords: family medicine; bibliometric analyses; coronavirus disease 2019 family medicine; bibliometric analyses; coronavirus disease 2019
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Liao, K.-Y.; Wang, Y.-H.; Li, H.-C.; Chen, T.-J.; Hwang, S.-J. COVID-19 Publications in Family Medicine Journals in 2020: A PubMed-Based Bibliometric Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7748. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157748

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Liao K-Y, Wang Y-H, Li H-C, Chen T-J, Hwang S-J. COVID-19 Publications in Family Medicine Journals in 2020: A PubMed-Based Bibliometric Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(15):7748. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157748

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Liao, Kuang-Yu, Yueh-Hsin Wang, Hui-Chun Li, Tzeng-Ji Chen, and Shinn-Jang Hwang. 2021. "COVID-19 Publications in Family Medicine Journals in 2020: A PubMed-Based Bibliometric Analysis" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 15: 7748. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157748

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