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Citation analysis with medical subject Headings (MeSH) using the Web of Knowledge: A new routine

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Citation analysis of documents retrieved from the Medline database (at the Web of Knowledge) has been possible only on a case-by-case basis. A technique is presented here for citation analysis in batch mode using both Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) at the Web of Knowledge and the Science Citation Index at the Web of Science (WoS). This freeware routine is applied to the case of “Brugada Syndrome,” a specific disease and field of research (since 1992). The journals containing these publications, for example, are attributed to WoS categories other than “cardiac and cardiovascular systems”, perhaps because of the possibility of genetic testing for this syndrome in the clinic. With this routine, all the instruments available for citation analysis can now be used on the basis of MeSH terms. Other options for crossing between Medline, WoS, and Scopus are also reviewed.

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