New portal with data on biomedical production in Catalonia

In September 2018, Biocat launched its new Bibliometric Portal of the BioRegion of Catalonia, which gives researchers and general society access to data on scientific production in biomedicine carried out by researchers working at research bodies in Catalonia, regardless of their place of origin, between 2012 and 2016.

The project was created to set up an updated bibliometric database on the BioRegion of Catalonia to give users a better idea of its capacities, publish a portal for everyone, and use the data to complement the Biocat Report and disseminate it to help boost the BioRegion’s international positioning.

The dynamic tables of the Bibliometric Portal of the BioRegion of Catalonia allow users to check the production and impact of each research center, university, hospital, etc. individually, or customize the search by scientific discipline.

One out of six (16,5%) publications in biomedicine signed by researchers in the BioRegion are among the most cited documents, tripling the percentage of publications of excellence expected by its volume of production. The impact of Catalan publications in biomedicine was 15.7% above the global average.

These are some of the conclusions of the study, launched by Biocat in collaboration with BAC (Bibliometric and Evaluation in Science), an inter-institutional Research Group on Bibliometrics currently participated by Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRI), Institució Centres de Recerca de Catalunya (CERCA), Barcelona Biomedical Research Parc (PRBB) and Pasqual Maragall Foundation for Research on Alzheimer (FPM).

Some noteworthy data

Between 2012 and 2016, the BioRegion of Catalonia produced a total of 38,169 scientific publications in the healthcare and life sciences arena (biomedicine), including original articles, summaries and conference proceedings or papers. This makes up 41.48% of all scientific production generated in Catalonia over this period.

Over the past 20 years, the number of publications in the biomedical arena has nearly quadrupled in Catalonia. Specifically, from 1996 to 2016, the number of biomedical publications increased 3.78 times, from 2,145 to 8,117 documents per year.

Catalan scientific production in biomedicine from 2012 to 2016 made up 1.2% of the worldwide total, 3.51% of that in Europe (EU 28), and 34.1% of that in Spain. Between 2012 and 2016, the United States, China, England, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada, France, Australia and Spain (including Catalan production) were the top 10 countries on the global ranking by volume of biomedical publications. With 38,169 documents published in this field, Catalonia would be ranked 23rd in the world.