We aimed to analyze scientific papers published by Turkish authors in “radiology, nuclear medicine and medical imaging” journals included in the Science Citation Index Expanded and compared the number of published scientific papers from Turkey and other countries.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
We retrospectively searched all papers published by Turkish authors between 1945 and 2008 by using Web of Science® software. We performed the analysis by typing “Turkey” in the address section and all radiology and medical imaging journals in the source title section using the general search function of the software. We further analyzed these results by using “analyze” function of the software according to the number of publications per year, journals, institution and type of papers. We also calculated total number of citations to published scientific papers using citation report function. We analyzed the rank of Turkey among other countries in terms of the number of published papers.
Overall, 4,532 papers were published between 1945 and 2008. The first paper was published in 1976. Number of publications increased dramatically from 1976 (n = 1) to 2008 (n = 383). The top 5 journals publishing papers from Turkish authors were European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (n = 328), Clinical Nuclear Medicine (n = 296), European Journal of Radiology (n = 289), European Radiology (n = 207) and Journal of Clinical Ultrasound (n = 186). All published papers received 18,419 citations and citation to paper ratio was 4.06. The rank of Turkey among other countries in terms of published papers improved during the last 25 years.
Number of papers from Turkey published in radiology and medical imaging journals has increased at the start of the new millennium. Currently, Turkey is among the top 12 countries when the number of scientific papers published in radiology journals is taken into consideration