Trends in Small Animal Reproduction: A Bibliometric Analysis of the Literature

Penelope Banchi, Ada Rota, Alessia Bertero, Guillaume Domain, Hiba Ali Hassan, Joke Lannoo, Ann Van Soom
2022 Animals  
Small animal reproduction (SAR) is a main research field in veterinary medicine and bibliometric analyses are useful to investigate trends in specific research areas. The objective of the present study was to conduct a bibliometric analysis of the literature of the last decade on SAR. A search equation was created, and documents were retrieved from the Web of Science database. Documents were manually revised, categorized and R software version 4.1.2 with Bibliometrix R package version 3.1 and
more » ... Excel were used to perform the analyses. The included documents (n = 1470) were mainly research articles (78%). The top countries for the number of documents and citations were Brazil, United States, Italy, Poland, and Korea. These also account for the most prolific authors and institutions. Analyses by author keywords, categories, and recent reviews of the literature suggest that research on the canine species is more abundant than research on the feline one and that reproductive biotechnologies are a main research focus. Some clinical topics are still considered niche or neglected themes (e.g., semen collection in tomcats, neonatology). However, heterogeneity and ambiguity in keywords and categories are undeniable. This study offers interesting insights, providing definitions for main keywords in the field of SAR.
doi:10.3390/ani12030336 pmid:35158661 pmcid:PMC8833461 fatcat:rlyiqa5thjfd7kfdz5vodp3lra