Original Article

A Survey of Scientific Publications in the Field of Anatomy Conducted in Turkey during 2000–2014

10.5152/adutfd.2015.2008

  • Ayfer Metin Tellioğlu
  • Sacide Karakaş
  • Ayşe Gizem Polat

Received Date: 02.12.2014 Accepted Date: 25.01.2015 Meandros Med Dent J 2015;16(1):1-3

OBJECTIVE:

In our study, we aimed to reveal the data of the international scientific publications in the field of anatomy recorded in our country since 2000.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The data at the Turkey-based publications, which have at least one anatomy specialist identified and have been published in journals at the ISI Web of Science database and covered by the Science Citation Index (SCI) and SCI-E (Expanded), were screened. The time period for the study was between the years 2000 and 2014. Number of publications by year, rate of increase in the number of publications, classification of broadcast (articles, papers, etc.), category of publications, and their citation rates were recorded. We evaluated the top 10 journals which have the most comprising publications and the top 10 universities which facilitated these publications.

RESULTS:

Since 2000, we reached a total of 1390 publications in the field of anatomy. These publications comprised of 1273 original articles, 35 meeting presentations, 32 abstracts, 27 letters to the editor, and 23 compilations. With respect to the number of publications, there is a gradual decrease in recent years, despite a significant increase observed in the year 2009. In Turkey, the most published and cited categories are surgical anatomy, morphology, and neuroscience. The top three journals with the highest number of publications are Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, Saudi Medical Journal, and Clinical Anatomy. The top three publishing institutions are Ankara University, Hacettepe University, and Ege University.

CONCLUSION:

Our study provides us an understanding of the topics anatomists have favored to study in recent years. A large number of published research articles are about surgical anatomy, morphology, and neuroscience. Obviously, the quality of publications and their number of citations are more important than their scalar quantity. We believe that future studies should focus on the multidisciplinary areas with more citation prospects.

Keywords: Anatomy, scientific publications, SCI, Web of Science