A Bibliometric Analysis of Diets and Breast Cancer Research


Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. The primary aim of this work was toprovide an in-depth evaluation of research publications in the field of diets and breast cancer. The impact ofeconomic outcome on national academic productivity was also investigated. Data were retrieved using Pubmedfor English-language publications. The search included all research for which articles included words relatingto “diets and breast cancer”. Population and national income data were obtained from publicly availabledatabases. Impact factors for journals were obtained from Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Scientific).There were 2,396 publications from 60 countries in 384 journals with an impact factor. Among them, 1,652(68.94%) publications were Original articles. The United States had the highest quantity (51% of total) andhighest of mean impact factor (8.852) for publication. Sweden had the highest productivity of publication whenadjusted for number of population (6 publications per million population). Publications from the Asian nationincreased from 5.3% in 2006 to 14.6% in 2012. The Original article type was also associated with geography(p<0.001; OR=2.183; 95%CI=1.526-3.123), Asian countries produced more proportion of Original articles (82%)than those of rest of the world (67.6%). Diets and breast cancer-associated research output continues to increaseannually worldwide including publications from Asian countries. Although the United States produced the mostpublications, European nations per capita were higher in publication output.