Background There is evidence that the financial crisis has deleteriously affected scientific output. We aimed to assess the dynamics of Greek publications in gastroenterology and hepatology over the last ten years.
Methods Data were collected from SCImago. The average annual growth rate (AAGR) of total and citable documents published in Greece in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology was compared with that of cardiology, surgery, and radiology. In addition, it was compared with the corresponding rates in Belgium, Ireland and Portugal.
Results The annual number of Greek publications (total and citable documents) remained relatively unchanged in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology from 2006-2011. During the following years, we detected a negative AAGR, with values of -12%, -3.3%, -9.5% and ‑5.4% for gastroenterology-hepatology, cardiology, surgery and radiology, respectively. During the same period, the AAGR of the citable documents of the respective specialties was -8.6%, -3.7%, -9.8%, and -5.1%. Comparison of the 4 European countries in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology revealed that publications from Portugal rose massively (AAGR +24.6% and +20.6% for total and citable documents, respectively), almost reaching the number of Greek publications in 2015. The number of publications from Belgium and Ireland remained essentially unchanged after 2011, with AAGR values of -0.7%, and -2.1% for total and -1.1% and -1.4% for citable documents, respectively.
Conclusion The publication output in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology decreased significantly after the outbreak of the financial crisis in Greece, not only in relation to other medical specialties, but also compared to the output of other European countries with or without fiscal austerity measures.
Keywords Gastroenterology and hepatology, publications, SCImago, bibliometric, financial crisis
Ann Gastroenterol 2018; 31 (2): 241-244