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Minerva Medica 2021 October;112(5):631-40

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4806.21.07489-9


lingua: Inglese

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

Ankita AGGARWAL 1, Edoardo AGOSTI 2, Preet M. SINGH 3, Amrutha VARSHINI 4, Kanwaljeet GARG 5 , Bipin CHAURASIA 6, Luca ZANIN 2, Marco M. FONTANELLA 2

1 Department of Radiodiagnosis, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India; 2 Unit of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgical Specialties, Radiological Sciences and Public Health, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy; 3 Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA; 4 Department of Surgical Disciplines, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India; 5 Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India; 6 Department of Neurosurgery, Gandak Hospital, Birgunj, Nepal

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 cited articles.
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: We performed a search of the “Web of Science” database using the keywords “COVID,” and “corona” on December 20, 2020.
EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: 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.

KEY WORDS: COVID-19; Bibliometrics; Coronavirus

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