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Human Papillomavirus

Published: July 2008
 

The baseline time span for this database is (publication years) 1998-February 29, 2008 from the first bimonthly update (a 10-year + 2-month period). The resulting database contained 4,745 (10 years) and 1,354 (2 years) papers; 14,480 authors; 102 nations; 665 journals; and 3,484 institutions.

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  2-year period

Top 20 Overall

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  Map Title: "HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS"

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OVERVIEW

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are 40 types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause genital infections in both men and women. The CDC's statistics indicate that as many as 20 million Americans currently have HPV, that 6.2 million will be newly infected annually, and that at least 50% of sexually active people will contract some form of HPV at some point.

According to the World Health Organization, in 2005 there were 265,884 new cases of HPV diagnosed in Asia, 78,897 new cases in Africa, 59,931 new cases in Europe, 86,532 new cases in the Americas, and 2,002 new cases in Oceania.

This month, Sciencewatch.com examines the most-cited research on HPV over the past decade and over the past two years, using the title keywords "HPV," "human papilloma virus," and "human papillomavirus."

The literature on HPV over the past decade examines the role of HPV in the development of cervical cancer, the epidemiology of types of HPV associated with cervical cancer in various parts of the world, the use of HPV DNA to test for cervical cancer, the use of HPV status in screening for cervical cancer, and trials of different HPV vaccines in the prevention of cervical cancer.

More than half of the 20 most-cited papers published in the past two years deal with vaccines for HPV, including studies from the HPV Vaccine Study Group, Proof Principle Study, FUTURE I Investigators, FUTURE II Study Group, and the HPV PATRICIA Study Group. Other topics covered in these papers include the prevalence of HPV among US women, the role of condoms in the reduction of HPV risk, parental attitudes towards HPV vaccination, and screening methods for cervical cancer.

Methodology: To construct this database, papers were extracted based this search criteria:

Title: ("human papilloma virus" OR "human papillomavirus" OR HPV)
Refined by: Document Type=( ARTICLE OR REVIEW )

The baseline time span for this database is (publication years) 1998-February 29, 2008 from the first bimonthly update (a 10-year + 2-month period). The resulting database contained 4,745 (10 years) and 1,354 (2 years) papers; 14,480 authors; 102 nations; 665 journals; and 3,484 institutions.

Rankings: Once the database was in place, it was used to generate the lists of top 20 papers (two- and ten-year periods), authors, journals, institutions, and nations, covering a time span of 1998-February 29, 2008 (second bimonthly period 2008).

The top 20 papers are ranked according to total cites. Rankings for author, journal, institution, and country are listed in three ways: according to total cites, total papers, and total cites/paper. The paper thresholds and corresponding percentages used to determine scientist, institution, country, and journal rankings according to total cites/paper, and total papers respectively are as follows:

Entity Authors Institutions Nations Journals
Thresholds 15 42 7 2
Percentage: 1% 1% 50% 20%


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