Malnutrition Research Output: A Bibliometric Analysis for articles Index in Web of Science between 1900 and 2020
Taha Hussein Musa 1 2 3 * , Tosin Yinka Akintunde 3 4 5 * , Hassan Hussein Musa 3 6, Upama Ghimire 7, Ghislaine Gatasi 3 7
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1 Key Laboratory of Environmental Medicine Engineering, Ministry of Education; Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Southeast University, Nanjing (210009), CHINA2 Biomedical Research Institute, Darfur University College, Nyala, SUDAN3 Organization of African Academic Doctor (OAAD), Off Kamiti Road, P.OBox 25305000100, Nairobi, KENYA4 Department of Sociology, School of Public Administration, Hohai University, Nanjing, CHINA5 Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, NIGERIA6 Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, SUDAN7 Key Laboratory of Environmental Medicine Engineering, Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Southeast University, Nanjing, 210009, Jiangsu Province, CHINA* Corresponding Author


Introduction: Malnutrition is a significant cause of child morbidity and mortality, and it remains a global health issue with high prevalence. Here, we carried out a bibliometric survey to provide global scientific research output on malnutrition and identify the research gaps and future research direction from published papers searched in Web of Science (WoS).
Methods: A comprehensive analysis was generated by searching the WoS database. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), was used to search terms “Malnutrition’ or ‘Malnourishment’ or ‘Nutritional Deficiency’ or ‘Undernutrition’ or ‘Nutrition Disorders.’ Was used to retrieve article published in between 1900 and 2020. Only original research and review papers published in English were included in the analysis. SPSS, HistCite, Bibliometrix app.” (Using R), and VOSviewer ver 1.6.6 were used for analysis.
Results: Research output peak from 1972 to 2007 with 100(0.99%) articles, in 2008 to 2012 with more than 200 (1.98%) articles, while the year 2019 and 2020 had the least more than 500 (4.95%) articles per year. The United States ranked first in terms of the number of articles 1947(19.28%), followed by United Kingdom 604 (5.98%), and Brazil 412 (4.08%). In addition, our analyses revealed a significant correlation between the total number of citations Year science publications(r=0.9216, p<0.0001), and between number of countries (r=0.9219, p<0.0001), and number of Number of authors (r=0.4149, p<0.0001), and Institution (r=0.5534, p<0.0001), Journal h_index (r=0.6927, p<0.0001), and Journal impact factors (r=0.6364, p<0.0544).
Conclusion: This bibliometric analysis provides insights into the global overview on the annual trend of the global malnutrition research output, institution, journal, authors, and countries.


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Article Type: Review Article

ELECTRON J GEN MED, 2021, Volume 18, Issue 3, Article No: em293

Publication date: 15 Apr 2021

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