The interest in aging grows, but it is only 2.4% of the articles

The scientific community's interest in aging is increasing - between 2009 and 2015 the number of publications on this subject grew at a rate three times higher than the total of scientific publications - although in 2015 only accounted for 2.4% of all articles published, in Spain the proportion es slightly higher.

These are some of the conclusions of the report "Research on aging" carried out by the General Foundation of the CSIC, based on the bibliometric analysis of scientific articles on aging (obtained from the Web of Science database).

The report includes world data and data from Spain. Thus, if in the world between 2009 and 2015 the number of publications on aging grew at a rate three times higher than that of publications in all areas of research, in Spain did so at a rate more than twice as high. According to the foundation, this shows an increasing interest of scientists in this subject.

The number of published articles on aging per year has gone from something less than 38,000 to over 56,000. In Spain, from 1,300 articles a year in 2009, to almost 2,250 in 2015, which represents a 72% increase (publications resulting from research in all fields of knowledge grew only 31%, according to the Foundation CSIC).

The report points out that the number of articles on this subject has therefore grown at a higher rate in Spain.

However, in spite of positive developments, in 2015 it only accounted for 2.4% of all published scientific articles; In Spain this percentage rises to 2.7% (since 2009 this percentage has been growing, except for an apparent stagnation in 2014).

For José Luis de Miguel Antón, one of the authors of the report, there are many issues of social relevance that are the interests of the scientists  - global change, new drugs, cancer, nutrition, etc. - as well as basic research that is not oriented to meet a concrete challenge but which sooner or later are more lated to oriented or applied science activities.

"So surely that 2.4% is a good figure," confirms Efe de Miguel, who says that the truth is that research that focuses on aging is growing at a good rate.

This is due, in his view, to the fact that "funding for aging-oriented research, which is largely managed by public authorities, is growing at a faster rithm. Long-lived societies pose new challenges and open up new opportunities (...). The researchers are sensitive to this fact and orient their projects (and scientific curiosity) to this area ".

Source: EFE-Futuro
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