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Publication Trends in Neglected Tropical Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Bibliometric Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 9 December 2020 / Approved: 10 December 2020 / Online: 10 December 2020 (10:56:11 CET)

How to cite: Fontecha, G.; Sánchez, A.; Ortiz, B. Publication Trends in Neglected Tropical Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Bibliometric Analysis. Preprints 2020, 2020120249 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0249.v1). Fontecha, G.; Sánchez, A.; Ortiz, B. Publication Trends in Neglected Tropical Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Bibliometric Analysis. Preprints 2020, 2020120249 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0249.v1).

Abstract

(1) Background: Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have been overlooked on the global health agenda and in the priorities of national systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In 2012, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created to ensure healthy lives and promoting well-being for all. This roadmap set out to accelerate work to overcome the global impact of NTDs. Almost a decade has passed since NTDs were re-launched as a global priority. Investment in research and development, as well as the production of scientific literature on NTDs, is expected to have increased significantly. (2) Methods: A bibliometric analysis of the scientific production of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) was carried out in relation to 19 endemic NTDs. These data were compared with the scientific production in malaria, tuberculosis and HIV / AIDS. The database available from Thomson Reuters Web of Science (WoS) was used. In addition, the average annual growth percentage was calculated for each disease. (3) Results: In the last decade, the NTDs with the highest number of publications in the world were dengue and leishmaniasis. The United States was the most prolific country in the world in 15 out of 19 NTDs analyzed. In the LAC region, Brazil was the largest contributor for 16 of the 19 NTDs analyzed. Arboviral diseases showed the highest average annual growth. The number of publications for malaria, tuberculosis and HIV /AIDS was considerably higher than for NTDs. The contribution of most LAC countries, especially those considered as LMICs, is inadequate and does not reflect the relevance of NTDs for the public health of the population. (4) Conclusion: This is the first bibliometric analysis to assess the trend of scientific documents on endemic NTDs in LAC. Our results could be used by decision makers both to strengthen investment policies in research and development in NTDs.

Subject Areas

Neglected tropical diseases; Latin America and the Caribbean; Bibliometric analysis; HIV/AIDS; Malaria; Tuberculosis.

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