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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 293-294
30 Years of dental research in Australia and India: A comparative analysis of published peer review literature


1 Department of Periodontics, ESIC Dental College and Hospital, Delhi, India
2 Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Charu Madan
Department of Periodontics, ESIC Dental College and Hospital, Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.100447

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Background: A sustained program of research is an integral part of human-kind's efforts to improve oral health. In addition, dental research is a vital part of the development of a strong and prosperous dental education system and has been one of the three pillars of the higher education sector (Research, Education and Service) for a very long time. Aim: This study aims to examine the last 30 years of peer review published dental literature in both, Australia and India, and to define the trends in publication over that time. Materials and Methods: This study used the Pubmed database using a set of core dental words for the years 1980 to 2009. Detailed analysis of the year-by-year rates of publication was done using Microsoft Excel. Results: India is on a near exponential upward growth while Australia through the latter half of the last decade has been more stable in output. State-wise breakdown in both countries shows that the proportions are more consistent for Australia, but for India, a major number of publications can be traced to three states. Conclusion: It is expected that dental research in Australia will grow in the coming decade as the new dental schools embed their educational programs and mature to develop strong research profiles. However, India is becoming a significant force in the published peer review dental research literature, and is growing at a very rapid rate.


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