The objective of this analysis was to quantify research output by European and African researchers on poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases (PRDs) and measure its relative impact. The analysis comprises research publications in peer-reviewed journals between 2003 and 2011 and describes patterns of research collaboration as well.
Overall, the report – European and African clinical research: a bibliometric analysis of publications within the scope of EDCTP2, 2003-2011 – shows that volume and citation impact of papers from sub-Saharan Africa have increased since 2003, as has collaborative research between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Papers arising from collaborative research had a higher citation impact than non-collaborative research and over 90% of publications from EDCTP-funded research projects were published in high-impact journals. EDCTP-associated papers related to HIV/AIDS, TB and their co-infection and involving authors from Southern Africa and East Africa are exceptionally highly-cited: around five times the world average.
The report shows that the European share of world research in HIV/AIDS, TB and neglected infectious diseases is around one-third. Although European research output has grown, it has not kept pace with global research growth. Sub-Saharan Africa’s share is around one-tenth. The relative contribution of both regions to the global output of malaria research is larger.