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Using Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery: A Bibliometric Study and Future Research Agenda

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Information Systems and Strategic IT Management, University of Duisburg-Essen, 45141 Essen, Germany
Karger, Erik;
ORCID
0000-0003-4382-0669
Affiliation
International Accounting, University of Duisburg-Essen, 45141 Essen, Germany
Kureljusic, Marko

Drug discovery is usually a rule-based process that is carefully carried out by pharmacists. However, a new trend is emerging in research and practice where artificial intelligence is being used for drug discovery to increase efficiency or to develop new drugs for previously untreatable diseases. Nevertheless, so far, no study takes a holistic view of AI-based drug discovery research. Given the importance and potential of AI for drug discovery, this lack of research is surprising. This study aimed to close this research gap by conducting a bibliometric analysis to identify all relevant studies and to analyze interrelationships among algorithms, institutions, countries, and funding sponsors. For this purpose, a sample of 3884 articles was examined bibliometrically, including studies from 1991 to 2022. We utilized various qualitative and quantitative methods, such as performance analysis, science mapping, and thematic analysis. Based on these findings, we furthermore developed a research agenda that aims to serve as a foundation for future researchers.

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