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Main Title: Using co-authorship networks to map and analyse global Neglected Tropical Disease research with an affiliation to Germany
Author(s): Bender, Max Ernst
Edwards, Suzanne
Philipsborn, Peter von
Steinbeis, Fridolin
Keil, Thomas
Tinnemann, Peter
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Neglected tropical disease research has changed considerably in recent decades, and the German government is committed to addressing its past neglect of NTD research. Our aim was to use an innovative social network analysis of bibliometric data to map neglected tropical disease research networks that are inside of and affiliated with Germany, thereby enabling data-driven health policy decision-making. We created and analysed co-author networks from publications in the SCOPUS database, with a focus on five diseases. We found that Germany's share of global publication output for NTDs is approximately half that of other medical research fields. Furthermore, we identified institutions with prominent NTD research within Germany and strong research collaborations between German institutions and partners abroad, mostly in other high-income countries. This allowed an assessment of strong collaborations for further development, e.g., for research capacity strengthening in low-income-countries, but also for identifying missed opportunities for collaboration within the network. Through co-authorship network analysis of individual researcher networks, we identified strong performers by using classic bibliometric parameters, and we identified academic talent by social network analysis parameters on an individual level.
Issue Date: 2015
Date Available: 28-May-2018
DDC Class: 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Subject(s): Neglected Tropical Diseases
bibliometric data analysis
research networks
Journal Title: Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases
Publisher: PLOS
Publisher Place: San Francisco
Volume: 9
Issue: 12
Article Number: e0004182
Publisher DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004182
ISSN: 1935-2735
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