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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 163-169

A visual analysis of network pharmacology research trends

1 School of Medical Devices, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, China
2 School of Pharmacy, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, China
3 Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, School of Medicine, Duke University, DUMC Box 2721, 2424 Erwin Road, Hock Suite 1102, Room 11068, Durham, NC 27710, USA

Correspondence Address:
Fei Zhai
Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, No. 103, Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016
Rong-Wu Xiang
Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, No. 103, Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/wjtcm.wjtcm_21_18

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Objective: To understand the current situation of network pharmacology, and to analyze external and internal characteristics of literature, is of great significance for the development of network pharmacology in the future and its application in the modernization of Chinese medicine. Methods: Bibliometrics were adapted to perform visual analysis on the research status of network pharmacology with Citespace and SPSS for windows 22.0 version (IBM, Armonk, New York, USA). Knowledge map was used to analyze the knowledge system in the field, to identify the research hotspots and dynamic frontiers, and to elaborate the research status and development trend of domestic network pharmacology. Results: The research on network pharmacology in China is at the stage of the formation and construction of basic theories. At present, we focuses on the solution of actual disease problems and basic theoretical research, while the application in the research field of traditional Chinese medicine is a new hot spot and trend in the future development. Conclusions: It is important to pay attention to the connection and communication among the knowledge groups, so that a systematic knowledge system can be formed in the field of network pharmacology in domestic as soon as possible.

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