Objective Based on the method of bibliometrics, to visually analyze the current research status of DNA polymerase epsilon catalytic/DNA polymerase delta catalytic subunit (POLE/POLD1) mutations in colorectal cancer, and further to explore its current hot spots and to look forward to future development trends.Methods Used the Web of Science database as the data source to retrieve the published related literatures in the 30 years from the establishment of the database to September 2020, and used VOSviewer 1.6.11 and CiteSpace 5.7 software to analyze the the distribution of research countries/institutions, authors and keywords in the included published literatures. And to perform cluster analysis, time evolution analysis and Burst analysis on keywords, draw corresponding visual maps and analyzed them.Results A total of 299 published articles were included. Bibliometric analysis showed that the application of POLE/POLD1 mutations in colorectal cancer had developed steadily in recent years. After 2012, the number of published studies had increased significantly; the journals with the most articles were Familial Cancer and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The author with the highest number of articles was Tomlinson I. The analysis of countries and regions showed that the United States was the main country for research in this field and had contributed the most to the amount of publications. After analyzed the academic institutions/universities where the researchers were located, it could be seen that the University of Oxford was the research university/institution with the most publications. Keyword cluster analysis and time evolution analysis showed that the research hotspots in this field focus on the impact of this gene mutation on immunotherapy. Burst analysis showed that the current published research in this field started two years after publication and continues to be highly cited.Conclusions POLE/POLD1 mutation has undoubtedly become a hot area of current research in colorectal cancer research. Among them, tumor immunotherapy is the focus of research in this field.
ZHAO Long, YANG Kelu, YE Yingjiang, SHEN Zhanlong. Visual analysis of research on POLE/POLD1 mutation in colorectal cancer: based on bibliometrics. CHINESE JOURNAL OF BASES AND CLINICS IN GENERAL SURGERY, 2021, 28(8): 1009-1015. doi: 10.7507/1007-9424.202011097