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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 15  |  Page : 182-186

Publication trends of Indian Public Health Dentist between 1997 - 2007: A Medline Approach

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Background: Analysis of publication trends will guide the policy framers, administrators and dentists to frame future policies and design programs for development of scientific and technological policies in dentistry. Aims and Objectives: This study was undertaken to assess the trends in Indian Public Health Dentists' Publication in Pubmed Medline database during 1997 - 2007. Materials and Methods: Using the time limitation of publication date limit of 1st January 1997 to 31st December 2007, all articles where author's affiliation had the word "Dental" AND "India" were selected. From this collection of articles, the following were noted down - year of publication, number of authors, name of the journal, reach of the journal, status of the journal, specialty of the first, state of origin and type of research. From this database, the performance of department of Public Health Dentistry was analyzed. Results: The number of articles published by Public Health Dentists (PHD) was 46. Among them, 28 were published in Indian Journal of Dental Research and Indian Journal of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry. . Majority of the articles published were based on the original research done by the authors. Nearly 79% of the published articles were from Public Health dentistry affiliated to institutes in Karnataka, followed by Tamil Nadu (6.5%) and New Delhi (4.3%). Though the overall distribution of the publication trends seem to be constant from 1997 to 2004, there seems to be boom in the publication trend from 2005 onwards.

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