Following the declaration of the sixth global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), the role of the scientific community is once again decisive. The fact that Coronavirus infection occurs from animals to humans introduces greater complexity to approach both the control of the outbreak and scientific research on this family of viruses.
Research Marks Analytics has analyzed the scientific papers on Coronavirus indexed in the Web of Science between 2015 and 2020 to identify the active research groups active in this field. This analysis enabled detecting more than 170 active teams worldwide, formed by more than 1500 researchers from 15 disciplines, among which Virology, Infectious Diseases and Veterinary are the main ones, indicative of the diversity of angles from which this family of viruses is being studied. The main research poles detected are China, the United States, South Korea and Germany.
If the analysis period is extended to the publications of the last decade, more than 500 groups are identified on 5 continents, suggesting that there are experts with more than 10 years of experience in coronavirus research.
Our goal is to foster interaction between authorities and the scientific community on Coronavirus to make a common front in the fight against this epidemic, as well as facilitate collaboration between research groups around the world.
In 2014 we conducted a similar study in response to the global health emergency declaration produced by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Information available here.