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Indian J Tuberc. 2013 Jan;60(1):28-36.

An overview and mapping of childhood tuberculosis: prevalence, scientific production and citation analysis.

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North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran.



The study aimed to analyze publications in the field of "pediatric tuberculosis" and associate them with regional Tuberculosis (TB) profile.


A schematic analysis of scientific production in the field of pediatric tuberculosis between 1990 and 2010 using ISI web of science was carried out. Terms used for searches were each as a combination of "Mycobacterium Tuberculosis", or "Tuberculos*" and "Child", or "Infant", or "New born", or "Neonatal", or "Adolescent", or "Pediatric". Features including year of publication, citation per year, country of origin, funding state, contributing university, language, leading journals and authors, and highly cited articles, main journal publishing these articles were taken into account.


The search retrieved 3417 articles (of 4559 total) with an almost gradual annually progressive pattern from 20 (in 1990) to 302 (in 2009) which have been cited totally 48459 times and 14.18 times per article. The greatest contribution originated from United States of America (25.11%) followed by South Africa (12.17%), and England (11.18%). Interestingly, 82.4% of all South African articles were from Stellenbosch University and Cape Town University on contrary.


International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease ranked as the first with regard to the number of articles and Lancet with regard to the number of highly cited articles. Developing countries excluding South Africa despite their high prevalence scarcely contribute to the field and USA is the leading country in the field.

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