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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 96
Research on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 in dermatology journals: A brief bibliometric analysis based on PubMed

1 Department of Pharmacy Management, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal, India
2 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication19-Apr-2022

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Virendra S Ligade
Department of Pharmacy Management, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal
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DOI: 10.4103/ijd.ijd_397_21

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Nayak M, Prabhu S S, Ligade VS. Research on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 in dermatology journals: A brief bibliometric analysis based on PubMed. Indian J Dermatol 2022;67:96

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Research publications in the dermatology field have shown significant enhancement in the past few years, and have encompassed varying topics of interest. However, in the past 1- year research publication trend is inclined more toward the topic of COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2. This is not unusual as dermatologic practice has been profoundly affected by this pandemic. Dermatologists had to take adequate precautions to control the transmission of the virus, whereas providing health care to patients in the constrained environment.[1] During the pandemic situation dermatologists have contributed immensely to COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 research with the intention to the dermatologist's community to recognize the emerging cutaneous associations in patients with coronavirus disease 2019.[2],[3] In this brief study, we aim to systematically map dermatological research on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 in major reputed dermatology journals using the bibliometric method. Bibliometric methods have been used for providing quantitative analysis of written publications.[4]

The literature search was conducted by using PubMed database, a widely used and free search engine for bibliometric analysis. The search was done for articles published in the year 2020. The period for data collection was till March 18, 2021. Publications published in the year 2021 were excluded from the study. The keywords used for searching database were (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and dermatology*) and language was restricted to English. After obtaining relevant articles using the search terms, duplicates were removed. Exclusion of irrelevant contents was filtered out through titles and journal name. The dataset's main outcomes included title of article, document type, authors, journal, institution, country, and citations. The data were entered into Microsoft Excel 2010. A data tabulation was prepared for effective data extraction.

The initial search resulted in 1,251 documents on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, dermatology for the year 2020. A total of 738 documents published were included in the final analysis. Majority of the retrieved documents consisted of Letters (n = 365, 49.4%), followed by comment (n = 136, 18.4%), review (n = 74, 10%), original article (n = 23, 3.1%) and editorial (n = 16, 2.1%). The journals with a maximum number of published documents are presented in [Table 1].
Table 1: The first 10-journal source and leading countries published documents on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 in dermatology journals

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Among the countries Italy contributed the most published documents (145, 19.6%), followed by USA (n = 140, 18.9%), Spain (n = 58, 7.8%), India (n = 43, 5.2%) and China (n = 30, 4%). The article “Cutaneous manifestations in COVID-19: A first perspective” was the most cited, with 297 citations, at the time of data collection for this study. Of the first 10 most cited articles, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology had 5 articles. [Table 2]. Among the 738 selected documents, 121 (16.3%) publications were in co-authorship with foreign researchers of different countries.
Table 2: Most cited publications on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 in dermatology journals

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This bibliometric study provides brief information about published literature on the COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 in leading dermatology journals. Limitations include time period, data collected only for year 2020. The findings of this study can be helpful for dermatologists and researchers to understand current, relevant and identify future research trends on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 published in dermatology journals.

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