Collaborative Network Analysis and Bibliometric Analysis of Publications on Diabetic Foot Infection

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Gürler M., Alkan S. , Özlü C., Aydın B.

Journal of Biotechnology and Strategic Health Research, vol.5, no.3, pp.194-199, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.34084/bshr.993099
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Biotechnology and Strategic Health Research
  • Page Numbers: pp.194-199


Aim: As the number of people with diabetes mellitus is increasing globally, its consequences are worsening. People with diabetes are prone to foot problems that develop due to prolonged periods of high blood sugar levels diabetic foot disease (DFD) results in a major global burden for patients and the health care system. It is important to fully understand the characteristics of DFD, which is a major cause of mortality, for early diagnosis and definitive treatment. Our study aimed to examine DFD studies and guide the studies to be planned in the future. Materials and methods: In our study, the Web of Science (WOS) database was scanned to search for publications until February 28, 2021. While the data obtained in our study were analyzed to present various bibliometric indicators, the maps were visualized using the VOS viewer program (VOS viewer). The Hirsch (H) index and impact factor (IF) of the publishing journal were used as indicators of the impact of the publications. The publications containing the keywords 'Diabetic foot' and 'Diabetic foot disease' or 'Diabetic foot infection' were examined. Results: A total of 802 publications were reached from the WOS database according to the search criteria. The most publications were from the USA (32.941%), Turkey (9.412%), and England (8.431%). Most of the publications were articles (63,6%) and meeting abstracts (16,9%). 19,4% of the publications were in the endocrinology and metabolism area. The average number of citations of these 802 publications was found to be 20,98. The H index was found to be 53. It was determined that the number of citing rates of publications on diabetic foot infections has increased over the years, however, it was determined that the number of publications on this subject decreased over the years. Conclusion: This is the first bibliometric study on DFD. Bibliometric analysis should be used more widely to evaluate the quality of the increasing academic paper and guide the missing study issues.