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Bibliometric Analysis of Research on Telomere Length in Children: A Review of Scientific Literature

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Department of Surgery and Pathology, Miguel Hernández University, 03550 Alicante, Spain
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Grupo de Investigación en Terapia Ocupacional (InTeO), Miguel Hernández University, 03550 Alicante, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4593; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17124593
Received: 8 May 2020 / Revised: 15 June 2020 / Accepted: 23 June 2020 / Published: 26 June 2020
Telomere length in early life has been recently associated with biological aging and development of negative consequences in later adult life. A relevant area of research has emerged to understand the factors that impact telomere length in children. We conducted a bibliometric analysis to track research output and identify global trends and gaps in the knowledge of telomere length in children. Bibliographic data were retrieved from the Web of Science database and then analyzed by using Bibliometrix R package. A total of 840 publications were yielded from 1991 to 2019. The references were prominently published in journals, with 20 high ranked journals contributing to 30% of literature on telomere length in children. The USA was the most productive country (35.7%), followed by Europe (12.1%), and Asia (11.9%). A knowledge map of telomere length in children through keyword analyses revealed that there were two potential main lines of research based on two different approaches: genomic research and epidemiological research. This study shows that telomere length in children is a topic of research that has gained significant relevance in the last decade. This bibliometric study may be helpful in identifying research trends and finding research hot spots and gaps in this research field. View Full-Text
Keywords: telomere; childhood; scientometrics; scientific publication; genomic research; epidemiological research telomere; childhood; scientometrics; scientific publication; genomic research; epidemiological research
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Valera-Gran, D.; Prieto-Botella, D.; Peral-Gómez, P.; Hurtado-Pomares, M.; Sánchez-Pérez, A.; Navarrete-Muñoz, E.-M. Bibliometric Analysis of Research on Telomere Length in Children: A Review of Scientific Literature. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4593. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17124593

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Valera-Gran D, Prieto-Botella D, Peral-Gómez P, Hurtado-Pomares M, Sánchez-Pérez A, Navarrete-Muñoz E-M. Bibliometric Analysis of Research on Telomere Length in Children: A Review of Scientific Literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(12):4593. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17124593

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Valera-Gran, Desirée, Daniel Prieto-Botella, Paula Peral-Gómez, Miriam Hurtado-Pomares, Alicia Sánchez-Pérez, and Eva-María Navarrete-Muñoz. 2020. "Bibliometric Analysis of Research on Telomere Length in Children: A Review of Scientific Literature" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 12: 4593. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17124593

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