Research on Schistosomiasis in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Bibliometric Analysis

Type Article
Date 2022-07
Language English
Author(s) Sánchez-Marqués Raquel1, Mas-Coma SantiagoORCID1, 2, Salas-Coronas JoaquínORCID3, Boissier JerômeORCID4, Bargues María DoloresORCID1, 2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Departmento de Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Valencia, Av. Vicent Andres Estellés s/n, Burjassot, 46100 Valencia, Spain
2 : CIBER de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Instituto de Salud Carlos IIII, C/Monforte de Lemos 3-5, Pabellón 11. Planta 0, 28029 Madrid, Spain
3 : Tropical Medicine Unit, Hospital del Poniente, Ctra. de Almerimar 31, El Ejido, 04700 Almería, Spain
4 : IHPE, University Montpellier, CNRS, Ifremer, University Perpignan Via Domitia, F-66000 Perpignan, France
Source International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health (1660-4601) (MDPI AG), 2022-07 , Vol. 19 , N. 13 , P. 8051 (14p.)
DOI 10.3390/ijerph19138051
Keyword(s) schistosomiasis, COVID-19, bibliometric analysis, socio-economic indicators, correlation analysis, PRISMA

The objectives of this work are to check whether the COVID-19 pandemic affected the research on schistosomiasis, to provide an insight into the most productive countries and journals and the most cited publications, and to analyse any association between the total publications of countries and a set of socio-economic and demographic factors. Based on PRISMA methodology, we used the Scopus database to search for articles published between 1 January 2020 and 26 March 2022. VOSviewer was used to generate the co-authorship and the co-occurrence networks, and Spearman’s rank correlation was applied to study associations. A total of 1988 articles were included in the study. Although we found that the year-wise distribution of publications suggests no impact on schistosomiasis research, many resources have been devoted to research on COVID-19, and the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance revealed the main activities for eradication of schistosomiasis had been affected. The most productive country was the United States of America. The articles were mainly published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The most prolific funding institution was the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The total publications per country were significantly correlated with population, GERD, and researchers per million inhabitants, but not with GDP per capita and MPM.

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Sánchez-Marqués Raquel, Mas-Coma Santiago, Salas-Coronas Joaquín, Boissier Jerôme, Bargues María Dolores (2022). Research on Schistosomiasis in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Bibliometric Analysis. International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 19(13), 8051 (14p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :