Global scientific trends on exosome research during 2007–2016: a bibliometric analysis

Yiran Wang, Qijin Wang, Xianzhao Wei, Jie Shao, Jian Zhao, Zicheng Zhang, Ziqiang Chen, Yushu Bai, Ning Wang, Yajie Wang, Ming Li and Xiao Zhai _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:48460-48470. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.17223

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Yiran Wang2,4,*, Qijin Wang3,*, Xianzhao Wei1, Jie Shao1, Jian Zhao1, Zicheng Zhang4, Ziqiang Chen1, Yushu Bai1, Ning Wang2, Yajie Wang2, Ming Li1 and Xiao Zhai1

1Department of Orthopedics, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China

2Department of Oncology, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China

3Department of Endocrinology, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China

4Graduate Management Unit, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Xiao Zhai, email: zhaixiao@smmu.edu.cn

Ming Li, email: limingchspine@126.com

Keywords: bibliometric, citation, H-index, exosome, VOSviewer

Abbreviations: MCF: Michigan Cancer Foundation - 7

Received: February 04, 2017     Accepted: March 22, 2017     Published: April 19, 2017


Background: Exosomes are small vesicles of endosomal origin, and they can be used for the diagnosis and the treatment. However, limited data were for the evaluation of the trend of exosome researches. This study aims to investigate the trend of exosome researches and compare the contribution of research from different regions, organizations and authors.

Methods: Exosome related publications from 2007 to 2016 were retrieved from the Web of Science database. Excel, GraphPad Prism 5 and VOSviewer software were used to analyze the research trend.

Results: A total of 1852 papers were identified and were cited 62967 times. The United States accounted for 38.8% of the articles, 42.0% of the citations, and the highest H-index (76). China ranked the second in the number of articles, but the sixth in citation frequency (4337) and the fourth in H-index (36). The journals, PLoS ONE and J Biol Chem had the highest number of publications. The author, Gabrielsson S., has published the most papers in this field (22). The keyword “ribonucleic acid” was mentioned the most at 746 times, and the words, “stem cell”, “drug resistance” and “monocyte cell factor” were the latest hotspots appeared around 2015.

Conclusion: Literature growth related to exosome is expanding rapidly. The quality of the articles from China still requires improvement. Recent studies focus on the relationship with tumor, and “stem cell”, “drug resistance” and “michigan cancer foundation-7” may be the newest topics that should be closely followed in exosome research.

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