Ten years of ranavirus research (2010–2019): an analysis of global research trends

Wirth, Wytamma, Lesbarrères, David, and Ariel, Ellen (2021) Ten years of ranavirus research (2010–2019): an analysis of global research trends. Facets, 6. pp. 44-57.

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Ranaviruses are large nucleocytoplasmic DNA viruses that infect ectothermic vertebrates. Here we report the results of a scientometric analysis of the field of ranavirology for the last 10 years. Using bibliometric tools we analyse trends, identify top publications and journals, and visualise the ranavirus collaboration landscape. The Web of Science core collection contains 545 ranavirus-related publications from 2010 to 2019, with more publications produced every year and a total of 6830 citations. Research output is primarily driven by the United States and People’s Republic of China, who together account for more than 60% of ranavirus publications. We also observed a positive correlation between the average number of co-authors on ranavirus publications and the year of publication, indicating that overall collaboration is increasing. A keyword analysis of ranavirus publications from 2010 to 2019 reveals several areas of research interest including; ecology, immunology, virology/molecular biology, genetics, ichthyology, and herpetology. While ranavirus research is conducted globally, relatively few publications have co-authors from both European and Asian countries, possibly because closer countries (geographical distance) are more likely to share co-authors. To this end, efforts should be made to foster collaborations across geopolitical and cultural boundaries, especially between countries with shared research interests as ultimately, understanding global pathogens, like ranaviruses, will require global collaboration.

Item ID: 65989
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2371-1671
Copyright Information: Copyright: © 2021 Wirth et al. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License(CC BY4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2021 01:51
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