The analysis was split into two phases: phase I looked at the breast cancer research literature landscape and phase II, which took a look at a number of well-performing nations and one of their institutions that is a highly productive contributor to the subject field.
Phase I - To construct the initial data pool, the keywords "breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma, invasive lobular carcinoma, infiltrating ductal carcinoma, infiltrating lobular carcinoma, DCIS,ductal carcinoma, LCIS, lobular carcinoma, her2neu, her2/neu, ErbB-2, CD340, BRCA, triple negative carcinoma and basaloid cancer" were used to search titles, abstracts, and keywords of original articles, reviews, and proceedings papers published in the SciVerse Scopus™ database (http://www.info.sciverse.com) from Elsevier between January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2010. The resulting pool of research papers related to breast cancer was then analyzed. The data pool was used to generate list of subject categories, institutions, and nations analyzed in three ways: according to total number of papers, total cites, and total cites/paper.
Phase II - SciVal® Spotlight (http://www.info.scival.com/) was used to gain deeper insights into the core strengths of these nations and the institutions that are contributing to these national strengths. For a detailed description regarding how this analysis was conducted, please refer to the full report.
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