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International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine
Research and Clinical Center for Infertility, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences of Yazd
ISSN: 1680-6433
EISSN: 2008-2177
Vol. 17, No. 5, 2019, pp. 349-360
Bioline Code: rm19037
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine, Vol. 17, No. 5, 2019, pp. 349-360

 en Intellectual structure of knowledge in Andrology field (2008 to 2017): A Co-word analysis
Makkizadeh, Fatemeh & Bigdeloo, Esmaeil


Background: The Co-word analysis has the ability to identify the intellectual structure of knowledge in a research domain and reveal its subsurface research aspects.
Objective: This study examines the intellectual structure of knowledge in the field of Andrology during the period 2008-2017 using Co-word analysis.
Materials and Methods: In this descriptive-analytical study with a scientometric approach, the WoS database was searched for papers indexed under “Andrology” over the period 2008–2017. The data were analyzed using Co-word, clustering methods, and strategic diagram with the help of SPSS, UcInet, RavarPreMap and VOSviewer software.
Results: The highest publication rate in the area of Andrology was seen in countries like the USA, China, Italy, and Iran. The top three journals that published papers on the field were Fertility and Sterility, Andrologia, Human reproduction. The results showed that the keyword “Spermatozoa” and two pairs of frequently used keywords, namely “Azoospermia * Oligospermia” were the most frequent in the field of Andrology. The results of hierarchical clustering led to 13 clusters. The clusters “Reproductive Techniques” and “Spermatogenesis” are the core clusters and play an effective role. The ”Post-Testicular causes” and “Neoplasm” clusters are in marginal.
Conclusion: This study represented that Co-word analysis can well illustrate the intellectual structure of an area. Considering the frequency of keywords along with the clusters obtained, it seems that the majority of research approach was seen on infertility treatments, especially through assisted reproductive technology. Despite the importance of psychological aspects as well as education of reproductive health, these subjects have not been sufficiently considered.

Andrology; Co-word analysis; Intellectual structure.

© Copyright 2019 - Fatemeh Makkizadeh et al.
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