Physical Activity and Aging Research: A Bibliometric Analysis

Physical Activity and Aging Research: A Bibliometric Analysis


Section: Original Research

Authors: Andre Matthias Müller1, Payam Ansari1, Nader Ale Ebrahim2, and Selina Khoo1

Affiliations: 1Sports Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2Research Support Unit, Centre for Research Services, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Acceptance Date: November 18, 2015

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/japa.2015-0188

Abstract
Physical activity and aging research has burgeoned in the past few decades. Despite the increase in scholarly publications no attempts have been made to summarize the publication landscape and to identify works that had great impact to physical activity and aging research. We conducted a bibliometric analysis and collected publication data from 1980 to February 6, 2015 in the Web of Science Core Collection. Of the overall 9,935 publications most were published after 2007 and almost 60% were in the category of Geriatrics and Gerontology or Sport Sciences. Highly cited publications (n = 45) were mostly authored by researchers from US institutions and were quantitative in nature. Publications that reported on the associations or effects of physical activity on health in older adults made up 60% of the highly cited publications. We expect more scholars from various backgrounds and geographical regions to join the conversation on physical activity and aging.

Keywords: aging, bibliometrics, citation analysis, citation patterns, exercise, health, older adults, scientific publications

Authors: Andre Matthias Müller

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About Nader Ale Ebrahim

Nader Ale Ebrahim has Technology Management PhD degree from the Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. He holds a Master of Science in the mechanical engineering from University of Tehran with distinguished honors, as well as more than 17 years experience in the establishing R&D department in different companies, project director and project coordinator and Knowledge based system implemented in R&D department. His current research interests are focused on managing virtual new product development teams in SMEs R&D centers. His papers/articles have presented in the several Journals and conferences. Nader Ale Ebrahim is worldwide well-known as the founder of “Research Tools” Box. "Research Tools" box is designed to help students who seek to reduce the search time by expanding the knowledge of researchers to more effectively use the "tools" that are available through the Net.
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