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Announcing Release of the final IACC/OARC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Publications Analysis Report: The Global Landscape o

Posted Aug 17 2012 12:20pm

The Office of Autism Research Coordination has published a final version of the IACC/OARC report “The Global Landscape of Autism Research”. The announcement is below:

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) in collaboration with Thomson Reuters, Inc. are pleased to announce the release of the final IACC/OARC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Publications Analysis Report: The Global Landscape of Autism Research . This final report replaces the pre-publication draft, which was released on July 9, 2012. The final report contains all final content, including high resolution figures and supplementary appendix information. If you have a hard copy of the pre-publication draft and would like to replace it with a hard copy of the final report, or if you would like to order a free copy of the final report, please send a note to IACCPublicInquiries@mail.nih.gov .

This inaugural report describes several key aspects of worldwide ASD research publications, which can be used to inform autism research strategic planning efforts. The report includes data encompassing biomedical, biological, behavioral, clinical, educational, social sciences, and health services research. ASD-related research articles published between 1980 and 2010 were analyzed to identify historical trends and publication outputs across the seven critical research areas of the 2011 IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research . Information found in research publications was also used to assess the institutions conducting ASD research, funding organizations supporting the research publications, and the extent of collaboration between authors from different countries and research institutions. Additionally, measures such as citation counts were used as an assessment of the impact of this published research. By analyzing publications as a major output of the autism research field, this report complements the annual IACC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Portfolio Analysis Report , which tracks major US inputs or investments into autism research, and highlights trends that can provide a useful perspective on the development and current state of ASD research. A fully formatted, downloadable PDF of the IACC/OARC Publications Analysis is available on the IACC website at http://iacc.hhs.gov/publications-analysis/july2012/index.shtml .”

Note: I serve as a public member to the IACC, but all opinions expressed here and elsewhere by me are my own.


By Matt Carey



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