Public, environmental, and occupational health research activity in Arab countries: Bibliometric, citation, and collaboration analysis

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Background: The objective of this study was to analyze quantity, assess quality, and investigate international collaboration in research from Arab countries in the field of public, environmental and occupational health.Methods: Original scientific articles and reviews published from the 22 Arab countries in the category "public, environmental & occupational health" during the study period (1900 - 2012) were screened using the ISI Web of Science database.Results: The total number of original and review research articles published in the category of "public, environmental & occupational health" from Arab countries was 4673. Main area of research was tropical medicine (1862; 39.85%). Egypt with 1200 documents (25.86%) ranked first in quantity and ranked first in quality of publications (h-index = 51). The study identified 2036 (43.57%) documents with international collaboration. Arab countries actively collaborated with authors in Western Europe (22.91%) and North America (21.04%). Most of the documents (79.9%) were published in public health related journals while 21% of the documents were published in journals pertaining to prevention medicine, environmental, occupational health and epidemiology.Conclusion: Research in public, environmental and occupational health in Arab countries is in the rise. Public health research was dominant while environmental and occupation health research was relatively low. International collaboration was a good tool for increasing research quantity and quality.

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Sweileh, W. M., Zyoud, S. H., Al-Jabi, S. W., & Sawalha, A. F. (2015). Public, environmental, and occupational health research activity in Arab countries: Bibliometric, citation, and collaboration analysis. Archives of Public Health, 73(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/2049-3258-73-1

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