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Covid-19 and fungal infections: A scientometric assessment of global publications during 2020–21

Gupta B.M.1, Bansal Madhu2, Kaur Jeevanjot3, Rani Asha4 1Formerly with CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi, India 2Punjab University, Department of Mathematics Library, Chandigarh, India 3Formerly with PGIMER Library, Chandigarh, India 4CSIR-CSIO Library, Chandigarh, India Abstract People with severe Covid-19, such as those in an intensive care unit (ICU), are particularly vulnerable to fungal infections, which are reported with increasing frequency and can be associated with severe illness and death. The present study gives a bibliometric overview of global literature on ‘Covid-19 and Fungal Infections’. Keywords related to “COVID-19” and “Fungal Infection” was used in a search query in the Scopus database covering time span from 2020–2021. Data pertaining to the growth of publications, the most active countries and institutions, the most cited articles, and mapping of keywords to analyze research trends were analyzed. A total of 258 journal articles were retrieved. The United States of America (n=48; 18.60%) ranked first in productivity followed by the France and Italy (n=256; 9.69% each), and China (n=22; 8.53%). Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands (n=10, 3.87%) ranked first in productivity, followed by INSERM, France (n=8, 3.10%), CNRS, France and Assistance Publique- Hopitaux de Paris, France (n=7, 2.71% each) and The Pasteur Institute, France (6 papers, 2.32%). The journal Mycoses ranked first (n=13; 5.04%) in publishing articles on this topic, followed by Medical Mycology Case Reports (n=8; 3.10%), Dermatologic Therapy (n=7; 2.71%) and American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (n=6; 2.33). The study points out that awareness of the possibility of fungal co-infection are essential to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment in order to help prevent severe illness and death from these infections. Keywords Covid-19, Fungal Infection, Global Publications, Scientometrics, Bibliometrics.

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