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
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.