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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2010, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (4): 379-384.doi: 10.3736/jcim20100414

Special Issue: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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A bibliometric overview of traditional Chinese medicine research in Medline

 Jun-ying Fu   

  1. Research Center for Strategic Science and Technology Issue, Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, Beijing 100038,China
  • Received:2009-12-16 Accepted:2010-02-05 Online:2010-04-20 Published:2010-04-15
  • Contact: Jun-ying Fu


To analyze the publication activity in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and learn more about the development and perspective of TCM as well as its subfields.

TCM-related publications (from 1964 to 2008) indexed in Medline were analyzed, including publication number and proportion of TCM papers, TCM clinical research papers, papers in TCM subfields such as Chinese medicine, Chinese herbs and acupuncture. We also analyzed the journals in which they got published.

A total of 34 528 TCM-related papers were indexed in Medline from 1964 to 2008. The number and proportion of publication in Medline were increased steadily. TCM articles have changed towards clinical-oriented research, especially in complementary therapies and acupuncture subfields. Before 1973 the popular content of TCM articles was acupuncture, but at present it changed to Chinese herbs. TCM papers were found in core clinical journals, specialized complementary journals and non-core journals, the last one was the majority.

The publication activity of TCM literature increased rapidly since 1970s. TCM attracts more and more attentions and researchers. The safety and efficacy of TCM have been tried to identify by conducting modern scientific researches.

Key words: Medline, Traditional Chinese medicine, Dissertations, Academic

Figure 1

Number and percent of traditioanl Chinese medicine articles published in Medline during the period 1964 to 2008"

Figure 2

Percent of traditional Chinese medicine articles classified as clinical trials during the period 1973 to 2008"

Figure 3

Percent of articles in three traditional Chinese medicine subfields during the period 1964 to 2008"

Figure 4

Percent of articles classified as clinical trials in three traditional Chinese medicine subfields during the period 1973 to 2008"

Figure 5

Percent of traditional Chinese medicine articles by journal categories during the period 1964 to 2008"

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