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Pancreatic Cancer—Critical Examination of the Global Research Architecture and Recent Scientific Developments

Schöffel, Norman MD, PhD; Krempel, Meike MD; Bundschuh, Matthias MD; Bendels, Michael H. MD, PhD; Brüggmann, Dörthe MD; Groneberg, David A. MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000000693
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Objectives Despite decades of effort, the 5-year overall survival rate of pancreatic cancer (PC) remains at only approximately 5%. Until now, no detailed knowledge regarding the worldwide research architecture of PC has yet been established.

Methods Hence, we conducted this scientometric analysis to quantify the global research activity in this field. The total research productivity was screened and research output of countries, categories, individual institutions, authors, and their collaborative networks were analyzed by the new quality and quantity indices in science platform. Results were visualized via state-of-the-art density equalizing mapping projections.

Results The results indicated that Japan, Germany, and the United States played a leading role regarding output activity, multilateral, and bilateral cooperations. Within the past decades, the topic PC has developed into a scientific field covering many subject areas. Recently published studies predict that the scientific progress will be mainly depending on international cooperations; we can confirm that development by now.

Conclusions We conclude that the field of PC is constantly progressing in which the influence of international cooperations on the scientific progress is of increasing importance. Nevertheless, research in the field of PC still needs to be strengthened to reduce morbidity and mortality in the future.

From the *Department of Preventive Medicine, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany and †Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Received for publication December 1, 2015; accepted June 2, 2016.

Address correspondence to: Norman Schöffel, MD, PhD, Department of Preventive Medicine, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Goethe-University, Haus 9B, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt am Main, Germany (e-mail: schoeffel@med-uni-frankfurt.de).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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