Increase in numbers and proportions of review articles in tropical medicine, infectious diseases, and oncology
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Documentation and information
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. - New York, N.Y., 2014, currens
, p. 201-205
University of Antwerp
This article examines whether the absolute and relative numbers of reviews are increasing in the following three subfields of medical sciences: Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Oncology. It further examines if reviews are cited more frequently than are "normal" articles. All research questions are answered affirmatively: The absolute as well as the relative numbers of reviews in these three subfields are indeed increasing. In addition, reviews in these fields are cited more frequently than are normal articles: about 70% more often than are "normal" articles in Infectious Diseases and Oncology and about 50% more often in Tropical Medicine. The article discusses possible reasons for this increase and concludes that medical journals should strive to achieve an optimal balance between review papers and original articles.