DOI: 10.1101/19001313Jul 16, 2019Paper

The global scientific research response to the public health emergency of Zika virus infection

MedRxiv : the Preprint Server for Health Sciences
J. F. OliveiraRicardo Barros Sampaio


Background: Science studies have been a field of research for different knowledge areas and they have been successfully used to analyse the construction of scientific knowledge, practice and dissemination. In this study, we aimed to verify how the Zika epidemic has moulded scientific production worldwide analysing international collaboration and the knowledge landscape through time, research topics and country involvement. Methodology: We searched the Web of Science (WoS) for studies published up to 31st December 2018 on Zika using the search terms zika, zkv or zikv. We analysed the scientific production regarding which countries have published the most, on which topics, as well as country level collaboration. We performed a scientometric analysis of research on Zika focusing on knowledge mapping and the scientific research path over time and space. Findings: We found two well defined research areas divided into three subtopics accounting for six clusters. With regard to country analysis, the USA followed by Brazil were the leading countries in publications on Zika. China entered as a new player focusing on specific research areas. When we took into consideration the epidemics and reported cases, Brazil and France were the lead...Continue Reading

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