Open to the World: ISMMS Global Research Collaborations – Part II

By Robin Milford, MSIS & Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD

In part I of our study on countries the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai collaborates with, we found that our scientists are working with peers the world over. As a follow up, we wanted to discover what subject areas ISMMS scientists collaborate on most frequently.

We collected all keywords associated with over 17,000 articles indexed in Scopus published from 2010- 2015 that have international authors listed along with ISMMS researchers. Each article has a list of keywords assigned to it by indexers, describing the topics covered in it. The word cloud below depicts the top 150 most recurring keywords within these articles – the bigger the word, the more times it occurs as a keyword in the articles.

It turns out that biology, cardiology, and cardiovascular research are frequently co-studied with international collaborators followed by neurology, molecular and oncological research. Other popular areas are gastroenterology, endocrinology, genetic, surgery and mental health, including psychiatry. Also of note are areas such as metabolism, immunology, dermatology, and diabetes.

The variety of research areas and disciplines is demonstrates not only global reach, but also disciplinary richness.

Open to the World: ISMMS Global Research Collaborations – Part I

By Robin Milford, MSIS & Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD

It’s a well-known fact that the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is conducting ground breaking research at home in New York City. It turns out that ISMMS scientists are also going beyond home base and conducting research with scientists from all over the world. To discover which countries we collaborate with most frequently, we used the Scopus database to collect information about the co-authors of the Icahn School of Medicine scientists. We retrieved all the published documents attributed to ISMMS in Scopus and geo-mapped all countries listed in these documents. The map captures the countries with which ISMMS published 50 articles or more.

Not surprisingly, we collaborate heavily with Canada with over 1400 joint publications. In Europe, we collaborate with the most with the United Kingdom (over 1800 publications), followed by Germany, France, Italy and Spain with over 1000 publications each. Other countries in Europe such as Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Greece and Romania all show to have at least 100 co-authored papers with ISMMMS scientists.

In Asia, we mostly collaborate with Japan with over 800 joint publications, followed by China. South Korea, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan are also prominent partners with close to 200 co-authored papers.

Israel is the leading collaborator in the Middle East with close to 600 co-authored papers. Although not in high numbers, we also see collaborations with Saudi Arabia with 51 publications.

In South America, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Mexico lead in co-authored publications with close to 200 joint papers per country.

In Oceania we find Australia with over 200 co-authored publications, as well as New Zealand with approximately 90 co-authored papers.

Finally, over 100 co-authored papers can be tracked with South Africa and Russia with over 100 publications.

What does global collaboration mean for the impact of ISMMS research? Stay tuned for Part II to find out more!

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