Global scientific output trend for Akkermansia muciniphila research: a bibliometric and scientometric analysis

BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2020 Nov 10;20(1):291. doi: 10.1186/s12911-020-01312-w.


Background: Akkermansia muciniphila is an anaerobic bacterium residing in the healthy intestinal tract of host and its quantity has a negative correlation with various host diseases. This study for the first time provides a holistic bibliometric aspect of Akkermansi muciniphila research in the literature and shows the hot topic terms of these articles in any period of time.

Methods: Scopus database was selected to retrieve documents relevant to Akkermansia muciniphila in any language up to 2019. The bibliometric profile of Akkermansia muciniphila articles including subject area, year distribution, citations, institutions, journals, authors, and countries was systematically characterized and the collaboration networks of authors and countries as well as the burst detection algorithm of the words in the titles, abstracts and keywords were visualized.

Results: There is a progressive growing trend in research on Akkermansia from 2004 to 2019 with a total of 566 articles during this period. Out of 353 original articles, there are 194 animal studies (155 studies on mice) and 112 human studies. Also, 65 various diseases were investigated in these studies. The most focused conditions are obesity (71 articles) and type2 diabetes (39 articles). The United States is the leading country on Akkermansia publications (n = 132), followed by China (n = 95). Frontiers in Microbiology is the most dominant journal with 23 Akkermansia publications. In addition, "cancer" is the hot topic of recent Akkermansia research.

Conclusion: Akkermansia research is of progressive interest during the last decade and the studies on this subject move towards its relationship with cancer and its promising effect on health.

Keywords: Akkermansia muciniphila; Bibliometrics; Microbiota; Scientometrics.

MeSH terms

  • Akkermansia
  • Animals
  • Bibliometrics*
  • China
  • Mice
  • Periodicals as Topic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Publishing
  • Research
  • United States

Supplementary concepts

  • Akkermansia muciniphila