Posted by: bluesyemre | April 30, 2012

An R Script to Automatically download PubMed Citation Counts By Year of Publication


PubMed hits by year -- looking at publications trends for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic therapy, Psychoanalytic therapy and Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors
  • I believe there’s some information to be gained from looking at publication trends over time. But it’s really troublesome to do it by hand; fortunately it’s not so troublesome to do it in R statistical software. Though, data like these should be interpreted with extreme caution. I tried to use the RISmed-package to query PubMed, but found it to be really unreliable. Instead my script is querying PubMed’s E-Utilities using RCurl and XML.


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