Given the role of scientific research to both inform and contextualize public health policy, a recent Rutgers School of Public Health Center for Tobacco Studies (CTS) study characterized electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) publication trends via a bibliometric analysis, a technique which examines the impact and quantity of research on a subject over time.
Mr. Michael Briganti, the study’s first author and a PhD student at the Rutgers School of Public Health, gathered the data as a research assistant at the CTS. This is Mr. Briganti’s first publication. The research team, led by Drs. Cristine Delnevo and Michael Steinberg, both from CTS, conducted a bibliometric analysis of 4,490 e-cigarette publications from 2003 through 2018, identifying journals, institutions, and countries disseminating the most electronic cigarette research; the frequency and amount of electronic cigarette publications over time; the most cited articles in the field; keyword frequencies over time; and finally, author networks.
The analysis found that the number of publications in the field of e-cigarette research increased notably as the product grew in popularity, as well as the increasing health concerns surrounding their use and potential as a harm reduction product. The researchers note that the growth in e-cigarette related publications is closely associated with NIH and consequently the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Product’s investment in tobacco research.
“The network map of authors provides interesting insight about the network of scholars who publish on e-cigarettes,” comments Dr. Delnevo, Director of CTS. “These collaborative author groupings or clusters tend to have a distinct theme and/or are geographically grouped, and the findings could be helpful to researchers in identifying potential groups with whom to collaborate in the future.”
This work was supported by R01CA190444 from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
“Bibliometric Analysis of Electronic Cigarette Publications: 2003–2018,” was recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.