SymbolA documentary analysis of screws applied in foot and ankle surgery based on Science Citation Index in the past 20 years

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Screws are common but necessary in orthopedics, and the application of screws in foot and ankle surgery has become a community consensus.

OBJECTIVE:

To multivariately analyze the literature on the application of screws in foot and ankle surgery through Science Citation Index Database (SCI) and its analysis tool.

DESIGN:

Bibliometric analysis.

DATA RETRIEVAL:

The retrieval was performed by the first author for the literature reagarding the application of screws in foot and ankle surgery during 1992-01 to 2011-12 in SCI using the key words of “ankle, talus, calcaneal, metatarsal, fracture, bioabsorbable screw, stainless screw, titanium screw”. The retrieval results were analyzed, and the trends were described in words and graphics.

SELECTIVE CRITERIA:

Articles on the application of screws in foot and ankle surgery include the following types: (1)Peer-reviewed original paper; (2)Reviews; (3)Meeting notes and abstracts; (4)Letters; (5)Editorial materials. Exclusive criteria include: (1)Unrelated articles; (2)Articles published before 1992; (3)Articles which were not published in journals. (4)Articles retrieved by phone or manually.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS:

The retrieved articles were analyzed by types of literature, publication year, discipline distribution, institutional information and authors, journal distribution and citation frequency.

RESULTS:

(1)A total of 802 articles on the application of screws in foot and ankle surgery were retrieved in SCI database, in which most of papers were published as original articles. Ten articles were identified as classic literature. The overall number of literature had an upward trend from 1992 to 2011. Foot Ankle International published most papers in this field, with 121 articles, followed by Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, with 85 papers.

CONCLUSION:

This paper provides a valuable reference for researchers to understand the overview and present situation of this field in order to set further research.

CONCLUSION:

Xu HL, Xu L, Fu ZG, Zhang DY, Wang TB. A documentary analysis of screws applied in foot and ankle surgery based on Science Citation Index in the past 20 years. Zhongguo Zuzhi Gongcheng Yanjiu. 2012;16(8): 1467-1474. [http://www.crter.cnhttp://en.zglckf.com]

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