The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2002 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

IMPACT FACTORS, PUBLICATIONS AND CITATIONS OF LEADING INVESTIGATORS IN PULMONARY/CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE.

Alexander Adams MPH, RRT, Regions Hospital/Univ of MN, St. Paul, MN.

Background: An established, accepted system for recognition and comparison of research accomplishments of major investigators in pulmonary/critical care medicine does not exist. Access to the publications and citations of investigators is readily available through the National Institute of Health and via the Science Citation Index. This study analyzed the publications/citations of the 60 leading investigators in pulmonary/critical care medicine.

Methods: A recent investigator list was compiled by examining authorship of publications in AJRCCM, Chest, Respir Care and CCM. The number of publications and all citations of their works within the past 5 years were tallied. Publications included original research articles, editorials, reviews and consensus conference proceedings. Letters, replies and meeting abstracts were excluded. A country analysis was also completed of ATS meeting abstracts in the area of mechanical ventilation(abstracts/country/million pop). Journal editors were excluded from the analysis.

Results: The leading investigators in number of publications were Matthay-103, Slutsky-79, Pinsky-70, Kollef-62 and Brochard-58. The greatest number of citations were received by Slutsky-1349, Matthay-1269, Kollef-724, Brochard-489, and Dreyfuss-478. The highest impact factor (citations/publication) were attained by Dreyfuss-16.5, Suter-14.9, Gattinoni- 12.7, Matthay-12.3 and Jubran-12.1. The leading countries in mechanical ventilation abstracts were Canada-.55, France-.31, USA-.27, Spain-.23 and Taiwan-.19.

Conclusions: This report acknowledges, in a quantitative manner, the leaders in pulmonary/critical care medicine over the past 5 years by three criteria - publication #, citation # and impact factor. A country analysis recognizes the leadership of Canada, France and the USA in the field of mechanical ventilation.

OF-02-160

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