Dissemination of research in virtual reality-based rehabilitation: Journal publication profiles

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The application of virtual reality (VR) to rehabilitation is a relatively young, interdisciplinary field where clinical implementation very rapidly follows scientific discovery and technological advancement. Recently, computational tools in the area of data and information science have provided researchers with an ability to examine trends in their field. These tools have been used in all areas of science, from the humanities and social sciences to the health and biological sciences. The objective of the current paper is to study patterns of academic publications in the VR-based rehabilitation literature over the past 22 years. We conclude that exploring the distribution of topics and journals in the field of VR-based rehabilitation reveals a science that is evolving from one with a predominantly technology development focus, to one that focuses on how technology can support rehabilitation principles and outcomes. This shift in purpose has been demonstrated by the journals selected for submissions from the scientific community as well as the modification in mission and focus of particular journals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICVR 2019 - International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728112855
StatePublished - Jul 2019
Event2019 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2019 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 21 Jul 201924 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR
ISSN (Electronic)2331-9569


Conference2019 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2019
CityTel Aviv

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.


  • Bradford distribution
  • Virtual reality
  • rehabilitation journal publications
  • topic modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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