Assessment of a scientific landscape in the field of toxicology of poisonous substances for the period 2000-2019 by mapping of scientometric and bibliometric information
State Scientific-research Test Institute of the Military Medicine, Russian Federation Defense Ministry, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
A method for assessing the scientific landscape in the field of toxicology of poisonous substances, based on the use of special forms of visualization of scientometric and bibliometric data - scientific maps, is considered in the article. Scientific mapping was carried out by visualizing the interconnections of documents in thematic, chronological and geographical aspects using publications presented in the international PubMed database over the past 20 years and containing terms in keywords, the co-occurrence of which allowed us to distinguish several heterogeneous thematic clusters in the structure of toxicological studies.
It was shown that the annual number of articles published and indexed in PubMed maintains a consistently high level, and the allocation of thematic domain-clusters in the VOSviewer program allowed us to identify 12 thematic areas in foreign studies in the field of toxicology from 2000 to 2019: the indication of poisonous substances, the pathogenesis of intoxication with organophosphorus compounds, means of prevention and therapy of intoxications with organophosphorus compounds, inactivation of organophosphorus compounds, blister agents, phosgene, cyanides, ricin, the functional state and working capacity of the body, methods for indication of toxic substances in the environment, research models and methods, response in case of an emergency related to the use of toxic substances. A study of obtained cluster domains with a multiplicity of 5 years made it possible to determine the main trends and directions of research in the field of toxicology of toxic substances.
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