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Citation Analysis using the Medline Database at the Web of Knowledge: 
Searching "Times Cited" with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)


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 here developed 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. 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 are attributed to
Web-of-Science 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 be used on the basis of MeSH terms. 

Loet Leydesdorff & Tobias Opthof

* apologies for cross-postings

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