The state of social science research on antimicrobial resistance

Snorre Sylvester Frid-Nielsen, Olivier Rubin, Erik Baekkeskov

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Abstract

This paper investigates the genealogy of social science research into antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by piecing together the bibliometric characteristics of this branch of research. Drawing on the Web of Science as the primary database, the analysis shows that while academic interest in AMR has increased substantially over the last few years, social science research continues to constitute a negligible share of total academic contributions. More in-depth network analysis of citations and bibliometric couplings suggests how the impact of social science research on the scientific discourse on AMR is both peripheral and spread thin. We conclude that this limited social science engagement is puzzling considering the clear academic and practical demand and the many existing interdisciplinary outlets.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112596
JournalSocial Science & Medicine
Volume242
ISSN0277-9536
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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