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A NEW APPROACH TO DEFINING A MULTIDISCIPLINARY FIELD OF SCIENCE
                 THE CASE OF CARDIOVASCULAR BIOLOGY
 
ROGERS L A; ANDERSON J
UNIT POLICY RES. SCI. AND MED., WELLCOME TRUST, 183 EUSTON RD., LONDON
NW1 2BE, ENGLAND.
SCIENTOMETRICS, 28 (1). 1993. 61-77.
Language: ENGLISH
 
Abstract: This paper describes a new and objective method for tackling
the problem of defining a
multidisciplinary research area for bibliometric analysis. The test field
was cardiovascular biology. A
three stage process was adopted in setting a boundary around this
re-search field: 1. Appropriate
sections of a hierarchical subject classification scheme, Medical Subject
Headings (MeSH), were
developed into a "MeSH filter" through which papers indexed in MEDLINE
were screened. 2. A
panel of cardiovascular experts reviewed the core set of classification
terms, identifying irrelevant
and missing areas, facilitating the development of a more sophisticated
"filter". 3. The definition was
validated using publication lists from research departments with a known
interest in cardiovascular
research. This iterative process resulted in a definition of the field
which captured basic and clinical
research papers from the international biomedical research community and
which was recognisable
to experts in the field of cardiovascular research. Importantly, the
field boundary also excluded
publications which were not relevant to cardiovascular research. The
process of involving experts in
shaping the field definition also yielded two intangible, but key
benefits: (a) it lent credibility to
subsequent analyses, the results of which were to be presented to
policy-makers in cardiovascular
biology, and (b) it served to shape consensus among the cardiovascular
experts on the full range of
scientific disciplines that are relevant to their field. Analysis of
international publishing in
cardiovascular research revealed that whilst the UK and US dominate in
total numbers of papers,
the relative emphasis on cardiovascular research in these countries (as a
proportion of all biomedical
publishing) is actually quite low, and declining. Japan and Germany in
contrast appear to give greater
emphasis to cardiovascular research in their national portfolios of
biomedical science, and between
1988-1991 Japan established a marked increase in activity.
 
Subjects:
     SCIENTOMETRICS SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM SUBJECT FIELD
     DEFINING BIBLIOMETRIC ANALYSIS UK USA JAPAN GERMANY
     General Biology-Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Terminology
     General Biology-Information, Documentation, Retrieval and Computer
Applications
     Mathematical Biology and Statistical Methods
     Cardiovascular System-General; Methods
     Hominidae
     Animals
     Chordates
     Vertebrates
     Mammals
     Primates
     Humans
 
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