Analysis of Medical Education Output in Web of Science Database


Maryam Okhovati 1 , Halimeh Sadeghi 2 , * , Reza Shojaei 3

1 PhD in Library and Information Science, Assistant Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Medical Informatics Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

2 MSc in Library and Information Science, Birjand University of Medical Science, Birjand, Iran, Iran

3 MSc in Information Technology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Okhovati M, Sadeghi H , Shojaei R . Analysis of Medical Education Output in Web of Science Database , Strides Dev Med Educ. 2013 ; 10(2):e60933.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 10 (2); e60933
Published Online: August 31, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 27, 2017
Accepted: April 24, 2013




Background & Objective: Knowledge maps graphically draw a branch of science and help to describe it more precisely. This research was conducted to study the scientific productivity and collaborative coefficient of medical education authors during 2002-2011.
Methods: This descriptive study was done using scientometric techniques. The papers indexed in Web of Science were searched using medical education keywords. The retrieved records were entered into Excel and HistCite. Citation analysis techniques were used and the map was drawn.
Results: The rate of productivity was 28%. 10123 retrieved records were published in 1506 journals and most were published in Medical Education Journal. 5791 educational institutes contributed to publishing papers. Van der Vleuten published more papers than other authors. The collaborative coefficient was moderate. 122 countries contributed to publishing these papers and USA was the most active country. Finally, 5 clusters were identified including learning methods in medical education, job depression, the effect of working hour reduction on health services, evaluation of professional competency in medical education, and the relationship between medical sciences and industry.
Conclusion: Medical education follows an ascending trend in scientific productivity. The results of the current study can be used in future planning and help this field to improve.


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