Batuhan Demir1, Erman Alçı1, Ruslan Hasanov1, Kilongo Mulailua1, Özer Makay1, Savaş Koçak2

1Department of General Surgery, Ege University Hospital, İzmir, Turkey
2Clinic of General Surgery, Private Ankara Güven Hospital, Ankara, Turkey


Objective: In recent years, major progress has been made in the field of endocrine surgery in Turkey, similar to that in the rest of the world. Parallel to these developments, there has been a significant increase in the number of publications in the related field. Our study aimed to evaluate Turkey’s publications related to endocrine surgery in the international arena.
Material and Methods: Members of the general surgery departments from academic centers in Turkey were determined. Using these member names, a PubMed search was performed for English papers related to “endocrine surgery.” For searching papers from non-academic centers, the same engine was used. To reach manuscripts possibly missed by the PubMed search, 3 national calls were made through the website of the Turkish Society of Endocrine Surgery. The obtained papers were divided into “thyroid,” “parathyroid,” “adrenal,” and “neuroendocrine tumors” and were listed according to the publication year. In addition, all manuscripts were listed according to the publishing journal and the 2012 impact factor of that journal. This study did not require ethical approval, because it did not involve evaluation of experimental or patient data.
Results: A search of Turkish general surgery clinics revealed 497 international publications, between 1976 and 2012. When listed according to the year of publication, most publications were found to be in the year 2009. Papers appeared mostly in “Surgery Today.” The mean impact factor of the journals where the papers have been published was 1.9 (0.1-13.8). The rates of thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal tissue and neuroendocrine tumors related publications were 69%, 10%, 15% and 6%, respectively. Since this study is not an experimental study or a study related to patient data, we did not apply for ethical approval.
Conclusion: The contribution of Turkish general surgeons’ to world science is apparent when evaluated in terms of publications related to endocrine surgery until recently. Particularly, since 2002, with the increase in the number of publications in the field of endocrine surgery, there has been an increase in Turkey’s importance on the international platform.

Keywords: Endocrine surgery, Turkey, publications


Ethics Committee Approval

Ethics committee approval was not received since the study did not use any experimental or patient data.

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept - Ö.M, S.K.; Design- B.D., Ö.M.; Supervision - Ö.M., E.A.; Data Collection and/or Processing - Ö.M., B.D.; Analysis and/or Interpretation - B.D., K.M.; Literature Review - B.D., R.H.; Writer - B.D., Ö.M.; Critical Review - B.D., Ö.M., E.A.

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.