The actual citation impact of European oncological research

Carmen López-Illescas, Félix de Moya-Anegón, Henk F. Moed

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This study provides an overview of the research performance of major European countries in the field Oncology, the most important journals in which they published their research articles, and the most important academic institutions publishing them. The analysis was based on Thomson Scientific's Web of Science (WoS) and calculated bibliometric indicators of publication activity and actual citation impact. Studying the time period 2000-2006, it gives an update of earlier studies, but at the same time it expands their methodologies, using a broader definition of the field, calculating indicators of actual citation impact, and analysing new and policy relevant aspects. Findings suggest that the emergence of Asian countries in the field Oncology has displaced European articles more strongly than articles from the USA; that oncologists who have published their articles in important, more general journals or in journals covering other specialties, rather than in their own specialist journals, have generated a relatively high actual citation impact; and that universities from Germany, and - to a lesser extent - those from Italy, the Netherlands, UK, and Sweden, dominate a ranking of European universities based on number of articles in oncology. The outcomes illustrate that different bibliometric methodologies may lead to different outcomes, and that outcomes should be interpreted with care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-236
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Bibliographic databases
  • Bibliometrics
  • Biomedical research
  • Europe
  • Information Science
  • Medical oncology
  • Neoplasms
  • Periodicals
  • Research support
  • Statistics & numerical data


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