Productivity Index in Clinical Andrology: Research Directions on High-Impact Topics and in Particular on Male Infertility.

Andrological diseases have an important social and economic impact as they cause a serious impairment of the quality of life of the affected patient. Epidemiologically, the impact of these disorders is progressively increasing, as demonstrated by the ever-growing prevalence of male infertility. This evidence justifies the rapid development of research in andrology that the scientific community has undertaken in recent decades. This study aims to evaluate the productivity index of the main andrological topics studied and reported in the literature.

The total number of published articles was extracted from the Scopus database by entering the following keywords and mesh terms: "Male Infertility", "Erectile Dysfunction", "Premature Ejaculation", "Male Hypogonadism", "Testicular Tumors", "Prostate Cancer", "Prostatic hyperplasia", "Prostate hyperplasia", "Prostatitis", "Prostate inflammation", and "Male Accessory Gland Infections". Furthermore, a list of the top 50 researchers sorted by productivity was created for each topic. For male infertility, a further search was performed by combining the search term "male infertility" with the above-mentioned terms. Thus, a list of the top 30 authors in order of productivity was also extracted. The graphs were created using Excel.

As could be expected, we observed that prostate cancer and male infertility were the two most investigated topics, followed by benign prostatic hyperplasia and erectile dysfunction, whose prevalence is set to increase given the progressive aging of the population. Less investigated is the inflammation of the accessory sexual glands. In conclusion, this study provides a ranking of the main andrological topics investigated in the literature, also presenting the top list of the most productive authors for each one.

Journal of clinical medicine. 2023 Apr 27*** epublish ***

Andrea Crafa, Aldo Eugenio Calogero, Rossella Cannarella, Rosita Angela Condorelli, Antonio Aversa, Sandro La Vignera

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, Italy., Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, 88100 Catanzaro, Italy.