Oral cancer research: A Scientometric assessment of Indian publications output during 2003-2012
The paper examines 1832 papers in Indian mouth cancer, as covered in Scopus database during 2003-2012, experiencing an annual average growth rate of 14.37% and citation impact of 4.51. The world mouth cancer output (37,049 papers) came from several countries, of which the top 10 (United States, Japan, UK, Germany, India, China, etc.) accounts for 75.59% share of the global output during 2003- 2012. In terms of relative citation index (RCI), only five countries registered the value above 1: France (1.74), USA (1.33), Germany (1.21), UK (1.16) and Italy (1.06). India’s global publication share was 4.94% and hold 7th rank in global publication output during 2003-2012. India’s accounts for 2.29% share and 9th rank in global citations output. Its average citation per paper and RCI was 4.51 and o. 46 and hold 10th rank among top 10 countries in both of them. The Indian mouth cancer output came from several organizations and authors, of which the top 15 contributed 43.39% and 21.89% share, respectively during 2003-2012. India’s international collaborative share in mouth cancer was 14.85%, which decreased from 15.34% during 2003-2007 to 14.70% during 2008-2012. Medicine accounted for the largest share (73.96%) of output in mouth cancer, followed by biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (30.08% share), dentistry (17.36% share), pharmacology, toxicology and pharmaceutics (12.34% share), chemistry (2.73% share), immunology and microbiology (1.42% share) and health profession (1.09% share). Diagnosis, surgery, pathology and radiotherapy together account for 53.71% publications share among treatments methods used in Indian mouth cancer research during 2003-2012. Tongue, slavery gland, buccal mucosa and gingival reported the largest number of papers by cancer site with publications share of 12.17%, 9.28%, 8.79%, and 6.28% respectively during 2003-2012. Only four states, namely Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi and Tamil Nadu together contributed 61.74% share in Indian publications output in mouth cancer during 2003-2012. The medical colleges contributed the highest publications share (36.68%) to Indian publications in mouth cancer during 2003-2012, followed by hospitals (19.81%), universities (18.45%), research institutes (12.66%), institutes of national importance (11.74%, industrial units (0.49%), etc., during 2003-2012.