Bibliometric Analysis of Systematic Reviews, Meta-analysis, Randomized Controlled Trials in South Asian Orthodontic Journals from 2015 to 2022
Tivanani Venkata D Mahendra, Vyshnavi Mulakala
Hierarchy of evidence, Publication trends, Research, Study design
Citation Information :
Mahendra TV, Mulakala V. Bibliometric Analysis of Systematic Reviews, Meta-analysis, Randomized Controlled Trials in South Asian Orthodontic Journals from 2015 to 2022. World J Dent 2023; 14 (3):281-285.
Objective: This study was conducted to explore authorship characteristics and publication trends of all orthodontic randomized controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews (SRs), and meta-analyses (MAs) published in South Asian Orthodontic Journals (SAOJ) from 2015 to 2022.
Materials and methods: Appropriate search strategies were developed to search for all articles published from January 2015 to July 2022. Asian Pacific Orthodontic Society (APOS) Trends in Orthodontics, Bangladesh Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (BJODO), The Journal of Indian Orthodontic Society (JIOS), Orthodontic Journal of Nepal (OJN), and Pakistan Orthodontic Journal (POJ) are the only five orthodontic journals that meet these requirements. The initial search yielded 39 results, but after the inclusion criteria were applied, the final number of articles was reduced to 31. For each article, various authorship characteristics were recorded. All parameters’ frequency distributions were investigated and tabulated.
Results: More than half of the included publications (51.7%) were SRs, followed by RCTs (45.1%), and Mas (3.2%) published in SAOJ. JIOS appeared to outnumber other journals with the most publications, followed by APOS trends in Orthodontics, OJN, and BJODO. Almost 80.4% of articles were acknowledged by educational institutes. Authorship status of the publications authored by two researchers in JIOS and OJN, three in APOS Trends in Orthodontics, and four or more in JIOS.
Conclusion: From 2015 to 2021, the amount of level-1 evidence orthodontic literature published in SAOJ increased dramatically. This implies that journals are becoming more interested in evidence-based orthodontic studies, as well as a trend for orthodontic authors to conduct and publish their work.
Clinical significance: Academicians, clinicians, and researchers all face challenges in keeping up with the literature as a large number of studies are published in dentistry. RCTs, MAs, and RCTs aid in the summarization of the outcomes of various intervention trials and are thus valuable methods for evidence-based research.
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