Translator Disclaimer
1 December 2016 ‘Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain’: Using a Bibliometric Study to Identify Trends and Knowledge Gaps of Vector-borne Disease Research in Oklahoma
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Research on vector-borne diseases on the Great Plains has a rich and dynamic publication history. The aim of this study was to assess the publication trends in Oklahoma between 1965 and 2015 with a view to identifying knowledge gaps on which to focus future research initiatives. Using Web of Science (Thompson Reuters) and Pubmed (National Center for Biotechnology Information) in EndNote, a total of 747 publications was identified that involved Oklahoma-based researchers, samples, or data obtained since 1965. Eighty-two percent (n = 615) of the published studies focused on ticks and tick-borne diseases. Most of the studies involving specific tick species (n = 282) focused on the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum (L.), (51.1%), with anaplasmosis the primary disease system studied. Until 1989, most vector-borne disease research focused on ecology and control. The trend shifted almost complementarily since the 1990s with as much as 80% of research focused on clinical- or laboratory-based studies. This study found a rich diversity of research on vector-borne diseases in Oklahoma during the past 5 decades, most of which need greater attention. At least 30 universities in Oklahoma that provide 2-year associate degrees to underserved populations provide excellent possibilities from which to address important questions regarding vector-borne diseases.

Bruce H. Noden "‘Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain’: Using a Bibliometric Study to Identify Trends and Knowledge Gaps of Vector-borne Disease Research in Oklahoma," Southwestern Entomologist 41(4), (1 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.3958/059.041.0414
Published: 1 December 2016
JOURNAL ARTICLE
12 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top