Defining and Searching Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics to Identify Its Core Research Journals

Claudia Lascar and Philip Barnett
Science & Technology Libraries 26(1):6988 (2005)
DOI: 10.1300/J122v26n01_05


Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics, an intertwined discipline, is an important and growing area of interdisciplinary research. One of the challenges in this field is locating and retrieving all the relevant literature on any topic. Analysis of subject coverage reveals the online databases most needed. Several databases; Chemical Abstracts, BIOSIS, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CancerLit, Science Citation Index, Pascal, Derwent Drug File, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, Biotechnobase, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, and Biotechnology Resource each contain unique references not included in the other databases. While searching using the root terms pharmacogenomic or pharmacogenetic retrieves most of the relevant literature in this field, often specific topics must be searched using strategies tailored to the exact subjects being sought. Citation analysis and subject coverage examination reveal this field's most relevant journals, the ones most needed by researchers in pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics.


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