Bibliometric Studies of Most-Cited Medical Papers A Bibliometric Analysis

Document Type : Original Article


1 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

2 PhD in Knowledge and Information Science, Kashan, Iran

3 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Faculty of Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran



The purpose of this study is the analysis of bibliometric studies of the medical most-cited papers.
Materials and Methods: 
This applied and the scientometric study was conducted using retrospective bibliometric analysis methods. A Scopus search was conducted and 883 articles were retrieved. After reviewing the titles and abstracts, 432 articles related to the purpose of this research were identified. Items such as year, journal, country, and institution were considered. Medical subject heading and NLM were applied for the subject categorization of articles. Given the dynamics of subject areas over time, only the content of 117 articles published in 2020 and 2021 were analyzed. These 117 articles have been reviewed with 11,700 most-cited articles. By reviewing 117 articles, the most productive journal, country, and institute in producing 11,700 articles were identified.
The findings have shown a significant number of these publications review 100 most-cited articles in the field of medicine. Articles pertaining to the Nervous SystemMusculoskeletal SystemDentistryRadiology, and Cardiovascular System are the most numerous among the publications.
The results of this study allow readers to know the most productive countries, institutions, and journals of various subject areas, as well as the most influential fields and research trends in that subject area. The results of this study also identify subject areas for which the characteristics of their core articles have not yet been explored to plan future research.