Science Inventory

Dataset of breath research manuscripts curated using PubMed search strings from 1995–2016


Wallace, A. AND J. Pleil. Dataset of breath research manuscripts curated using PubMed search strings from 1995–2016. Data in Brief. Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands, 18:1711-1724, (2018).


The presented data are six tables and a supplementary Appendix file. Table 1 contains the initial PubMed search string builders that were developed for the individual breath-related topics that were used to curate papers. These search string builders include “exhaled breath,” “VOCs and headspace,” “biological media,” “aerosols,” “condensate,” “Direct MS,” “GC-MS,” “LC-MS,” “alcohol,” and “sensors.” Table 2 contains combinations of the individual search strings listed in Table 1. These search strings were developed to ensure that the retrieved publications were focused on the subject of exhaled breath research and volatile compound analysis. Restrictions were introduced to the “exhaled breath” search strings in order to eliminate papers that were found to be out of scope after reviewing the search results obtained using the search string in Table 1. Many of the papers that were out of scope in the initial search were from medical journals describing the health state of patients, but exhaled breath, condensate, and aerosol were not evaluated in these studies. Table 3 presents the final search strings for the topic areas evaluated, which include combinations of the search string builders included in Tables 1 and 2. Publications were curated for the breath research-related topics listed in Table 3: EBA, EBC, Direct MS, GC-MS, LC-MS, alcohol, and sensors. For Direct MS, GC-MS, LC-MS, and sensors, the search strings of “VOCs and headspace” and “biological media” were included to retrieve articles related to cellular headspace and the analysis of biological fluids using mass spectrometry and sensor instrumentation. Tables 4, 5, and 6 contain the number of breath research


The data contained in this article are PubMed search strings and search string builders used to curate breath research manuscripts published from 1995–2016 and the respective number of articles found that satisfied the search requirements for selected categories. Breath sampling represents a non-invasive technique that has gained usefulness for public health, clinical, diagnostic, and environmental exposure assessment applications over the years. This data article includes search strings that were utilized to retrieve publications through the PubMed database for different breath research-related topics that were related to the analysis of exhaled breath, exhaled breath condensate (EBC), and exhaled breath aerosol (EBA) as well as the analysis of cellular headspace. Manuscripts were curated for topics including EBC, EBA, Direct MS, GC–MS, LC-MS, alcohol, and sensors. A summary of the number of papers published per year for the data retrieved using each of the search strings is also included. These data can be utilized to discern trends in the number of breath research publications in each of the different topics over time. A supplementary Appendix A containing the titles, author lists, journal names, publication dates, PMID numbers, and EntrezUID numbers for each of the journal articles curated using the finalized search strings for the seven breath research-related topics can also be found within this article. The selected manuscripts can be used to explore the impact that breath research has had on expanding the scientific knowledge in each of the investigated topics.

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Product Published Date: 06/01/2018
Record Last Revised: 07/16/2018
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Record ID: 341665