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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery
Minerva Stomatologica 2014 Jun 20
Evaluation of scientific production in Oral Surgery in Italy from 1998 to 2012
Zizzari V. L., De Carlo A., Lorusso F., Tetè S., Piattelli A. ✉
Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche, Orali e Biotecnologiche, Università “G. d’Annunzio”, Via dei Vestini 31, 66013 Chieti, Italy
INTRODUCTION: Dental research, especially in the field of oral surgery, showed a strong and significant increase during the last years. This was probably determined by the introduction among the clinicians of different therapeutic protocols through biomaterials engineering, and by the large broadcasting of scientific knowledge due to new media such as the internet. The aim of this work was to analyze the scientific production of a sample of Italian Oral Surgeons from 1998 to 2012.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The scientific production of 252 Active Members belonging to three associations of Italian Oral Surgery (SIdCO, SIO, SICOI) was examined. The number of authors, the number of publications and the number of citation were quantified for three periods of 5 years each from the first year considered along 15 years. The overall sample was then divided into two groups, Academics and Not Academics, in order to differently assess the scientific production conducted inside or outside the University.
RESULTS: Over the years, scientific production increased considerably, with a progression not strictly proportional if compared to the number of authors, especially in the last 5 years. By spearately considering the Academics and the Not Academics authors, the biggest contribution to the scientific production increasingly came from the last 5 years, both in terms of authors’ and published papers number.
CONCLUSIONS: The results reported in this bibliometric analysis show how scientific research increasingly pursued by clinicians in Oral Surgery in the last 15 years.