Announcing Release of the final IACC/OARC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Publications Analysis Report: The Global Landscape of Autism Research

17 Aug

The Office of Autism Research Coordination has published a final version of the IACC/OARC report “The Global Landscape of Autism Research”. The announcement is below:

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) in collaboration with Thomson Reuters, Inc. are pleased to announce the release of the final IACC/OARC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Publications Analysis Report: The Global Landscape of Autism Research. This final report replaces the pre-publication draft, which was released on July 9, 2012. The final report contains all final content, including high resolution figures and supplementary appendix information. If you have a hard copy of the pre-publication draft and would like to replace it with a hard copy of the final report, or if you would like to order a free copy of the final report, please send a note to

This inaugural report describes several key aspects of worldwide ASD research publications, which can be used to inform autism research strategic planning efforts. The report includes data encompassing biomedical, biological, behavioral, clinical, educational, social sciences, and health services research. ASD-related research articles published between 1980 and 2010 were analyzed to identify historical trends and publication outputs across the seven critical research areas of the 2011 IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research. Information found in research publications was also used to assess the institutions conducting ASD research, funding organizations supporting the research publications, and the extent of collaboration between authors from different countries and research institutions. Additionally, measures such as citation counts were used as an assessment of the impact of this published research. By analyzing publications as a major output of the autism research field, this report complements the annual IACC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Portfolio Analysis Report, which tracks major US inputs or investments into autism research, and highlights trends that can provide a useful perspective on the development and current state of ASD research. A fully formatted, downloadable PDF of the IACC/OARC Publications Analysis is available on the IACC website at”

Note: I serve as a public member to the IACC, but all opinions expressed here and elsewhere by me are my own.

By Matt Carey

4 Responses to “Announcing Release of the final IACC/OARC Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Publications Analysis Report: The Global Landscape of Autism Research”

  1. Harold L Doherty August 18, 2012 at 07:45 #

    For an objective review of the IACC performance, or lack of performance, in funding credible autism research see – “Report: Insel should be fired from autism research panel
    Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee biased against environmental studies”.

  2. lilady August 18, 2012 at 17:47 #

    @ Harold Doherty: Why should we believe anything from your source…when the article relies on bogus studies, innuendo and supposed COIs?

  3. megan August 22, 2012 at 00:13 #

    I’ve looked briefly at the report and it seems to hit on some major points in regards to autism.

  4. Science Mom August 22, 2012 at 04:16 #

    It looks pretty good although I would like to see more in the area of adolescent/adult funding. If some could take off a certain colour glasses, they would see the approach to identifying risk factors is a good one which casts a wide net and stands more chance of identifying potential risk factors faster.

    I didn’t read the whole thing but was wondering if anyone knew if there was any strategy to form global collaborations. It’s been my experience that large multi-centre collaborations have been successful for like ventures.

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