Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Scientometric Analysis

Shahrokh Ramin, Masoud Soheilian, Gholamreza Habibi, Roghayeh Ghazavi, Reza Gharebaghi, Fatemeh Heidary

Abstract


Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a major cause of central blindness among working aged adults across the world. Systematic research planning on any subject, including ARMD is in need of solid data regarding previous efforts in this field and to identify the gaps in the research. This study aimed to elucidate the most important trends, directions, and gap in this subject.

The data extracted from the Institute for Scientific Information were used to perform a bibliometric analysis of the scientific productions (1993–2013) about ARMD. Specific parameters related to ARMD were analyzed to obtain a view of the topic’s structure, history, and document relationships. Additionally, the trends and authors in the most influential publications were analyzed.

The number of articles in this field was found constantly increasing. Most highly cited articles addressed genetic epidemiology and clinical research topics in this field.  During the past 3 years, there has been a trend toward biomarker research.

Through performing the first scientometric survey on ARMD research, we analyzed the characteristics of papers and the trends in scientific production.  We also identified some of the critical gaps in the current research efforts that would help in large-scale research strategic planning.


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