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The recent landscape of cancer research worldwide: a bibliometric and network analysis

Bernardo Pereira Cabral _, Maria da Graça Derengowski Fonseca and Fabio Batista Mota

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Oncotarget. 2018; 9:30474-30484. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.25730

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Bernardo Pereira Cabral1,3, Maria da Graça Derengowski Fonseca2 and Fabio Batista Mota3

1 Instituto de Estudos em Saúde Coletiva, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2 Instituto de Economia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

3 Centro de Estudos Estratégicos da Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Bernardo Pereira Cabral, email: [email protected]

Keywords: cancer; oncology; scientific landscape; bibliometrics; social network analysis

Received: April 05, 2018    Accepted: June 13, 2018    Published: July 17, 2018


The aim of this paper is to map the scientific landscape related to cancer research worldwide between 2012 and 2017. We use scientific publication data from Web of Science Core Collection and combine bibliometrics and social network analysis techniques to identify the most relevant journals, research areas, countries and research organizations in cancer scientific landscape. The results show: Oncotarget as the journal with most publications; a significant increase in China’s publications, reaching United States’ publications in 2017; MD Cancer Center, University of California and Harvard University as organizations with most publications; cell biology as the most frequent research area; breast, lung and colorectal cancer as the most frequent keywords; high density of co-authorship between organizations in the West, especially in the US, and low density between organizations in Asian and lower and medium income countries. Our findings can be used to guide a global knowledge platform guiding policy, planning and funding decisions as well as to establish new institutional collaborations.

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