Scientometric analysis of medical publications during COVID-19 pandemic: The twenty-twenty research boom

Ankita Aggarwal, Edoardo Agosti, Preet M. Singh, Amrutha Varshini, Kanwaljeet Garg, Bipin Chaurasia, Luca Zanin, Marco M. Fontanella

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: There was significant surge in the academic publications after the onset of COVID-19 outbreak. The aim of this study was to scientometrically analyze all the medical publications on COVID-19 in 2020 as well as the top 100 citedarticles. EVIDENCEACQUISITION: We performed a search of the "Web of Science" database using the keywords "COVID," and "corona" on December 20, 2020. EVIDENCESYNTHESIS: Our search retrieved a total of 45,420 articles on the topic COVID-19 in the year 2020. Corresponding authors from 143 countries contributed to these articles. The highest number of articles were contributed by corresponding authors from the USA(N.=10299), whereas 50 articles in the top 100 cited articles had corresponding authors from China. Among the top 100 cited, the majority were published from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China (N.=37). New England Journal of Medicine had the maximum impact (h-index of 57), closely followed by Lancet (h-index=55). CONCLUSIONS: Scientific publications amount on COVID-19 disease grew at an astonishing pace during 2020. We caution the readers that this rapidity of publication could have missed out on the rigorous review process and the scientific basis of the methods followed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-640
Number of pages10
JournalMinerva Medica
Volume112
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Bibliometrics
  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19

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