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Arab nations lagging behind other Middle Eastern countries in biomedical research: a comparative study

Hani TS Benamer and Omran Bakoush*

BMC Medical Research Methodology 2009, 9:26  doi:10.1186/1471-2288-9-26

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Country of origin of articles

Karen Shashok   (2009-09-23 10:22)  AuthorAID in the Eastern Mediterranean email

Dr Bliziotis, in his reviewer's comments, noted that there are differences in "how each search engine identifies an article as originating from a country" in each database (Medline and SCI). This is an important potential confounder because international collaboration is increasingly common. I hope the authors will find a way to replicate this study taking into account the country of origin of the corresponding author and each co-author.

Karen Shashok
kshashok@kshashok.com

Competing interests

I declare I have no competing interest.

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