A Scientometric Study of Iranian Scientific Productions in the Field of ‎Substance Use and Addiction Research in the Years 2008 to 2012‎

Afarin Rahimi-Movaghar, Masoumeh Amin-Esmaeili, Anousheh Safarcherati, Hamid Sarami, Hassan Rafiey


Background: We aimed to evaluate the current status of scientific production in the field of substance use and addiction in Iran, to determine its trend and pattern during a 5 years period (2008-2012).

Methods: Using relevant keywords, we searched three international databases (Web of Science, Medline, and Scopus) and two local databases (SID and Iranmedex) to locate the papers published in the field of addiction by Iranian researchers during 2008-2012.

Findings: The results indicated a significant increase in the number of studies published in the field during the 5 years study period, with more than half of the papers published in the last 2 years. Results also indicated that over half (53.5%) of the papers were published in Persian-language Iranian Journals, but the rate of increase in the number of papers published in English was slightly higher than that of Persian ones. Opioid substances were found to be the topic of approximately 75% of the papers. Studies on key topics, including national surveys, evaluation of current programs, addiction in women and children, and so forth, were found to be highly lacking.

Conclusion: Results suggested a significant growth in the scientific production of Iran in the field of substance use and addiction. However, considering the significance of substance use and dependence in the country, and compared to the scientific production of developed countries, the amount of research conducted in the field of addiction in Iran is still limited.


Substance-related disorders, Abuse, Dependency, Bibliometric analysis, Iran

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22122/ahj.v7i3-4.285


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