Covid-19 and psychopathology: Drawing the Scientific Map of International Researches in the Web of Science citation databases

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science and Knowledge, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran


Background and purpose: The whole world has been affected by Corona virus Since the Covid-19 epidemic. In addition to the economic and social consequences of this disease, recognizing and influencing the psychopathology of this disease in society is important and necessary. The purpose of this study was to draw a scientific map or intellectual structure of the subject area of Covid-19 and psychopathology in Web of Science databases (formerly known as ISI) during the years 2019 to 2021. Other objectives have been to examine the growth trend, the most important countries, authors, universities, journals, terms used, and psychopathology.
Materials and Methods: This research has been done using scientometric methods and with the help of co-word analysis technique using VOSviewer software.
Findings: A review of the extracted data showed that during the period 2019 to 2021, 3690 scientific documents in the field of Covid-19 and psychopathology were indexed on the Web of Science database. The results of this study showed that the scientific map of the corona area and its psychopathology consists of 4 main thematic clusters of the effect of Covid-19 on stress, anxiety, depression and mental health. Wang, Zhang, and Griffith were among the most important and prolific authors in this area. Most of the documents were published in FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY and INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, and the most productive country and university in this field was United States and HUAZHONG UNIV SCI TECHNOL from China.


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