La investigación y el impacto científico en las revistas de ortodoncia incluidas en la Web of Science (2006-2017)

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The aim of this study is identify and quantify, using bibliometric indicators, the scientific productivity, the impact and patterns of collaboration of researchers, organizations and countries, and assess funding status of the orthodontic journals with an impact factor, indexed in the Journal Citation Reports during the period 2006-2017. Material and Methods: The data were extracted from the Web of Science (Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Medicine category) from 9 orthodontic journals. Records were manually refined and normalized to unify terms and to remove typographical, transcription, and/or indexing errors. The visibility of the articles was evaluated and collaboration networks were created using Pajek software. Results: 7,353 documents were located. The three most prolific journals (American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, The Angle Orthodontist, and European Journal of Orthodontics) are the most cited. The number of papers and the collaboration rate has increased from the beginning to the end of the period. The US leads production (23.68%) with strong collaborative ties with South Korea, Italy, Brazil and Japan. The strongest conceptual relationship is established between the descriptor “class II malocclusion” and “functional appliances”. Funding does not exceed 30% and its sources are mainly government (38.4%). Conclusions: Orthodontic production from 2006 to 2017 shows a temporary increase; mainly related to the increase in the absolute number of indexed journals, which tripled from the beginning to the end of the period.
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