Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(9): 1641-1646

Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia

Authors: Abdulkareem Mubarak Balhareth, Nasser Adel Alghamdi, Saleh Yehya Albarakati.

ABSTRACT

Background: This work investigated the quantity and trends of research output by medical students/interns from Saudi Arabia. Methods: This bibliometric analysis used the PubMed database to run a search that resulted in 167 articles. Of them, 147 articles were eligible for the current analysis. Information for the following variables was collected: date of online publication, the region, affiliated institution, journal name, citescore, number of citations, number of authors per paper, type of publication, specialty, and academic level. Results: Out of the 146 included publications, 2 (1.4%) articles were disseminated in 2014. Since then, the number steadily increased, reaching 47 publications by 2020 (i.e., 47 (32.2%). It appeared that the largest proportion of publications came from the Riyadh region, 52 (35.6%). Qassim University had the largest research output from a single institution, 19 (13.0%). In descending order, the three most frequently used study designs were cross-sectional 96 (65.8%), case report, 25 (17.1%), and retrospective chart review, 8 (5.5%). The first 2 journals of the 10 commonly used journals in our database had no citescores. The overall average of citations per document across the years was 8.5 (SD = 35.9). Conclusions: The current study found a steady increase in the number of publications by Saudi medical interns/students. Most of them were observational studies and were disseminated in journals with low impact in the literature. We recommend that future investigations focus on exploring the hurdles that stand in the way of interns/students to publish higher-quality works.

Keywords:
Medical student/interns, Research, Patterns, Trends, Saudi Arabia


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Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia


Authors
Abdulkareem Mubarak Balhareth
General Practitioner, Ministry of Health, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Nasser Adel Alghamdi
General Practitioner, Ministry of Health, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Saleh Yehya Albarakati
General Practitioner, Ministry of Health, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Abdulkareem Mubarak Balhareth, General Practitioner, Ministry of Health, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.; balhareth.abdulkareem@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 30 Jul 2021
Accepted 10 Sep 2021
Published online 24 Sep 2021
Published in print 28 Sep 2021

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Balhareth AM, Alghamdi NA, Albarakati SY. Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(9): 1641-1646. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1627631095


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Balhareth AM, Alghamdi NA, Albarakati SY. Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=104041 [Access: December 01, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1627631095


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Balhareth AM, Alghamdi NA, Albarakati SY. Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(9): 1641-1646. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1627631095


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Balhareth AM, Alghamdi NA, Albarakati SY. Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited December 01, 2021]; 5(9): 1641-1646. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1627631095


Harvard Style

Balhareth, A. M., Alghamdi, . N. A. & Albarakati, . S. Y. (2021) Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (9), 1641-1646. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1627631095


Turabian Style

Balhareth, Abdulkareem Mubarak, Nasser Adel Alghamdi, and Saleh Yehya Albarakati. 2021. Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (9), 1641-1646. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1627631095


Chicago Style

Balhareth, Abdulkareem Mubarak, Nasser Adel Alghamdi, and Saleh Yehya Albarakati. "Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 1641-1646. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1627631095


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Balhareth, Abdulkareem Mubarak, Nasser Adel Alghamdi, and Saleh Yehya Albarakati. "Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.9 (2021), 1641-1646. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1627631095


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Balhareth, A. M., Alghamdi, . N. A. & Albarakati, . S. Y. (2021) Research trends and patterns of medical students/interns' publications in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (9), 1641-1646. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1627631095


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