Objective: To assess the scientific level of a scientific discipline, the number of publications, the number of citations these publications received and their rank in the world order are important data. In this study, we aimed to show general characteristics of the scientific studies in the psychiatry field published during the last five years in Turkey and to lead the way for the future studies. Method: PubMed database search was limited for the five-year period between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2010, and covered the articles containing ?Turkey? and ?Psychiatry? words in the fields of authors? institution and affiliation. The annual distribution of the articles, subject headings, type, author?s institutions and its number, its impact value were examined. Results: The most common titles were the ones about psychopharmacology. According to the type of the research, it was determined that 84.7% (n=476) of the articles were original researches; 13.0% (n=73) were case reports and the remaining consisted of 8 reviews (1.4%) and 4 meta-analysis (0.7%). 0.7% (n=4) of the studies were performed on animal models. 3.9% (n=22) of the articles were designed as randomized controlled and 2.3% (n=13) were retrospective. Only one study was determined as multicentre. Conclusion: In line with developments in medicine, a significant increase in the production of scientific publications in psychiatry field has been observed in Turkey. The scarcity of randomized controlled clinical trials, meta-analysis and studies published in high impact factor journals suggest the need for emphasis on the quality of the publications as much as on their quantity.
Key words: Turkey, psychiatry, science, publications
Article Language: Turkish English