With the purpose of assessing the progress of the output of medical publications originating from Turkey, the se w ere identified from the Science Citation Index compact disk SCI CD-ROM 1998. A weighted credit system was utilized for items published jointly with a foreign or a nonmedical Turkish institution. A total of 1736 publications were traced which comprised 1078 articles, reviews and editorials. These figures represented increases by 15% and 8.4%, respectively, over the previous year. A rise to 5.5 per mille of Turkey's share of world medical publication output was noted. The number of full-text articles were evaluated with respect to distribution to the fields of medicine, the cities and institutions. Medical basic sciences as a group slightly declined over the preceding year, whereas publications among the surgical branches and in neurosciences rose substantially. The share of institutions in Ankara (45%) and in Istanbul (18.5%) were slowly on decline, whereas that of the sınaller cities in Anatolia (27%) rose as might be expected. A total of 60 full-text articles were published in the field of cardiovascular medicine in 1998, which was estimated to represent a world share of 4.8 per mille.
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