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2010, Volume 26, Number 2, Page(s) 107-113     
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DOI: 10.5146/tjpath.2010.01006
Evaluation of Articles from Turkey Published in Pathology Journals Indexed in International Indexes
Alp USUBÜTÜN1, Serdar BALCI1, Pınar AL2
1Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE
2Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi Beytepe Kütüphanesi, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE

1Department of Pathology, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, AnKARa, TURKEY
2Department of Beytepe Library, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, AnKARa, TURKEY

Keywords: Pathology journals, Scientific articles, Pathology articles, Bibliometrics, Publication, Turkey, Citation, Impact factor

Objective: We aimed to evaluate manuscripts from Turkey published in pathology journals indexed in the international databases.

Material and Method: Journals indexed in the “Web of Science” and having a “pathology” topic in the “Journal Citation Report” were searched and sorted according to impact factor from the “Science Citation Index”. Publications were analyzed according to the journal, year, type, impact factor and institutions.

Results: Sixty-six journals indexed in the SCI and 1399 publications from Turkey were identified between 1975 and 2009. “Meeting abstracts” made up 48.3% and “research articles-case reports” 41.1% of these articles. Ten universities produced 52.09% of the publications. The journals having frequently published articles from Turkey had impact factors less than 1,5. Thirty-nine of 278 publications in the 10 journals of highest impact factor were original articles and 33 of them had international co-authors. In 10 journals in which the most number of articles were published, the impact factor per publication and original article were 1,337 and 5,417 respectively.

Conclusion: Research and case reports constituted 41.1% of the publications and are published mostly in journals with an impact factor less than 1.0. Fifty-six percent of the meeting abstracts are from the European Pathology Congress that was held in Istanbul in 2007. International meetings held in Turkey have a clear boosting effect on research. The number of citations per pathology articles published from Turkey are lower than the world average and articles emanating from other medical disciplines in Turkey. Research in the pathology field is not adequate quantitatively and qualitatively. Attempts are required to increase the quantity and quality of publications.

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