Bibliometric and thematic analysis of articles in the field of infertility (2011-2015)|
Makkizadeh, Fatemeh & Sa'adat, Farzaneh
Background: Infertility is a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the
male or female reproductive system. Systematic research planning on any subject,
including infertility is in need of solid data regarding previous efforts in this field
and to identify the gaps in the research.
Objective: The aim of this research is to study the thematic structure of articles
related to infertility.
Materials and Methods: In this descriptive-analytical study with a scientometric
approach, the PubMed database was searched for research publications indexed
under "Infertility" over the period 2011-2015. Specific parameters were retrieved
from the PubMed. Articles about infertility were analyzed regarding the journal of
publication, topics, and countries using Net draw, Ucinet and RavarPreMap
software. Also, the most influential topics were analyzed by indicators in the
analysis of the network: closeness centrality, and between centrality
Results: The growth in scientific productions the area of infertility over the
mentioned period shows an upward trend with the highest growths seen in countries
like the United States, the UK, Netherlands, China, and Germany. Moreover, the
contents such as fertilization in vitro, adverse effects, spermatozoa, pregnancy rate,
and treatment outcome were among the most frequently-used topics in the sphere.
Conclusion: Thematic analysis can provide us the research topics, important
expressions, and the relationships between them. Users and policymakers can also
have a better understanding of the research status in the sphere and consequently,
they can plan to increase the quantity and quality of scientific productions in a more
Bibliometric; Thematic structure; Infertility; PubMed database.