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trends in global acupuncture publications 1988-2015

annelies espeel

In a study published in Journal of the Chinese Medical Association 80 (2017) and online in, written by Yen-Ying Kung , Shinn-Jang Hwang , et all in 2016 gives us a major analysis of the web of science database 1988-2015 for acupuncture publications.

This analysis shows that acupuncture is being published and that you can publicly view its results. There might not be as many publications as in western medicine, but we are increasing our data output and input as more of us are doing field research.


A total of 7450 articles were published in the field of acupuncture during the period of 1988 to 2015. Annual article publications increased from 109 in 1988 to 670 in 2015.

The People's Republic of China (published 2076 articles, 27.9%), USA (published 1638 articles,22.0%) and South Korea (published 707 articles, 9.5%) were the most abundantly prolific countries. Followed by England (published 630 articles, 8,5%) and Germany (published 480 articles, 6,4%).

According to the WoS subject categories,2591 articles (34.8%) were published in the category of Integrative and Complementary Medicine, followed by Neurosciences (1147 articles,15.4%), and General Internal Medicine (918 articles, 12.3%).

top ten journals worldwide that published acupuncture related articles (1988-2015) : Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative medicine, Acupuncture in Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture Electrotherapeutics Research, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Neuroscience Letters, Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Neural Regeneration Research.

if you would like to have the full article,%20680.pdf

in the meantime a similar article was published on PubMed by Yan Ma And Ming Dong : a 20 year (1995-2015) bibliometric analysis based of acupuncture publications. Read the full article below.