A Bibliometric Study of Authorship and Collaboration Trends Over the Past 30 Years in Four Major Musculoskeletal Science Journals

Arielle F. Russell, Randall Loder, Andrew S. Gudeman, Peter Bolaji, Piiamaria Virtanen, Elizabeth C. Whipple, Melissa Kacena

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This study explored changes in bibliometric variables over the last 30 years for four major musculoskeletal science journals (BONE®), Calcified Tissue International® (CTI®), Journal of Bone and Mineral Research® (JBMR®), and Journal of Orthopaedic Research® (JOR®), with a specific focus on author gender. Bibliometric data were collected for all manuscripts in 1985 (BONE®, CTI®, JOR®), 1986 (JBMR®), 1995, 2005, and 2015; 2776 manuscripts met inclusion criteria. Manuscripts from Europe were more often published in BONE® or CTI®, while those from North America in JBMR® or JOR®. All journals demonstrated an increase over time in the number of authors (3.67–7.3), number of countries (1.1–1.4), number of institutions (1.4–3.1), and number of references (25.1–45.4). The number of manuscript pages increased (6.6–8.9) except for JOR® which showed a decline. CTI® had the lowest number of authors (4.9 vs. 5.6–6.8). There was a change in the corresponding author position from first to last for all journals; this change was highest for CTI® (35%) and lowest for BONE® (14.0%). All journals demonstrated an increase over time in female authors; however, CTI® was the highest amongst these four journals. The percentage of female first authors rose from 24.6 to 44.3% (CTI® 29.1–52.3%). The percentage of corresponding female authors rose from 17.5 to 33.6% (CTI® 22.9–40.0%). The proportion of female authors is increasing, likely reflecting the increasing number of women obtaining doctorates in science, medicine, and engineering.

LanguageEnglish (US)
JournalCalcified Tissue International
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Bibliometrics
Authorship
Population Growth
Manuscripts
Orthopedics
Research
Minerals
Bone and Bones
North America
Medicine

Keywords

  • Authorship trends
  • Bibliometrics
  • Gender
  • Geographic region
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Endocrinology

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A Bibliometric Study of Authorship and Collaboration Trends Over the Past 30 Years in Four Major Musculoskeletal Science Journals. / Russell, Arielle F.; Loder, Randall; Gudeman, Andrew S.; Bolaji, Peter; Virtanen, Piiamaria; Whipple, Elizabeth C.; Kacena, Melissa.

In: Calcified Tissue International, 01.01.2018.

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