ICTS Publications


Scientific productivity is measured in several ways. One example of scientific productivity is publications in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles. Data from publications authored by ICTS members and publications that acknowledge WU CTSA awards is collected from several databases on an annual basis using Elsevier Scopus, Thomson Reuters Web of Science, and MEDLINE®/PubMed®.

There were approximately 4,281 unique peer-reviewed publications authored in 2015 by ICTS members indexed in Elsevier Scopus (publication types:  3,582 articles, 163 conference papers, 502 reviews and 34 short surveys).  Among the topics covered in the 2015 publications were: lead exposure, lipidomics, epilepsy, gait disorders, Vitamin D deficiency, tinnitus, precision medicine, concussions, cancer therapies, genomics, memory performance, Alzheimer ’s disease, vascular disorders, addiction, obesity, and hypertension. Other publications focused on the education and training of physicians and medical students, emphasizing quality of care, professionalism, reducing medical errors, competencies in specific areas, and delivery of health care.

The scholarly works were published in 1,576 unique journal titles representing a wide range of subject areas such as cardiology, infection control, genetics, obstetrics, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, geriatrics, microbiology, public health, and surgery, to name a few.

ICTS members were also authors of guidelines published in 2015 covering topics such as acute ischemic stroke, Crohn Disease, infertility, cardiovascular abnormalities in athletes, obesity in children and adolescents, sinusitis, and radiation therapy.

Co-author affiliations included every state, and over 100 countries such as Senegal, Uruguay, Cuba, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, Malawi, Chile, Egypt, Thailand, among others.  Authors from all CTSA-affiliated hubs were co-authors with ICTS members for the 2015 publications.

Research activities covered all phases of the translational research cycle, from the bench to the community, with a number of studies targeting populations such as the elderly, veterans, high school dropouts, American Indian and African-American communities, and other underserved populations on topics such as health literacy, obesity, nutrition, addiction, hypertension and cancer. A wide variety of workers were noted in the methods section of the publications: sugar cane workers, white collar workers, blue collar workers, hospital workers, sanitation workers, mental health workers, first responders, manganese mine workers, child welfare workers, and low wage workers, among others.

There were 11,174 citations for the 2015 publications noted in Elsevier Scopus as of June 2016 with an average of 2.6 citations per publication. 2,520 of the 2015 publications have been cited at least once since June 2016. The publication with the highest citation count garnered 212 citations, with six publications having more than 90 citations each. Public engagement metrics for the top 50 cited publications reflected attention from mass media and social sources with 492 mass media mentions in sources such as Forbes, Washington Post, Chemical & Engineering News, among others, and 4,852 mentions in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

The top 50 cited publications in Elsevier Scopus were also compared to Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Essential Science Indicators (ESI) for further citation analysis.

According to ESI, as of June 2016, the average citation rate for a paper published in 2015 for all fields/disciplines is 1.12. A publication published in 2015 that garners 11 citations as of June 2016 falls in the top 1% of cited publications for all fields/disciplines.  All top 50 publications authored by ICTS members in 2015 were in the top 1% of cited publications for all fields/disciplines with at least 25 citations.  The highest citation count was 154.  Eight of the top 50 publications were in the top 0.01% of cited publications for all fields/disciplines with 89 or more citations each.

16 ICTS Members were recently noted on the 2015 Highly Cited Researchers list from Thomson Reuters. Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction based on the number of publications designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact. The ICTS members noted are: Ross Brownson, Marco Colonna, Maurizio Corbetta, John Dipersio, Erik Dubberke, Jeffrey Gordon, David  Holtzman, Marin Kollef, Elaine Mardis, John Morris, Gwendalyn Randolph, Bradley Schlaggar, Abraham Snyder, David Van Essen and Richard Wilson.

Wordle Map based on top 75 Key Words for 2015 Publications by ICTS Members