Top-cited Articles in Regenerative Endodontics: A Bibliometric Analysis

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Abstract

Introduction:

Bibliometric analysis is a method for quantifying the research productivity, author performance, and manuscript impact. The citation count received by a scientific article is one of the indicators of its impact within a field. The purpose of this study was to identify the 100 top-cited articles published in regenerative endodontics and to analyze their main characteristics.

Methods:

Thomson Reuters Web of Science was searched to retrieve the 100 most-cited articles in “regenerative endodontics” published from January 1991 to February 2018 in the category of “Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Medicine.” Among the included top-cited articles, the following parameters were recorded and analyzed: journal name, authors, institution, country, publication title and year, number of citations and average citations, type of study, collaborations, and key words. The data were analyzed using SPSS version 19.0 (IBM Corp, Armonk, NY) and VOS viewer software (version 1.6.7; Leiden University Center for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden, Netherlands).

Results:

Among the 100 top cited articles, the highest number of citations that an article received was 309. The top cited articles appeared in 14 different journals, and the Journal of Endodontics published the greatest number of these articles (66%). The majority of articles were published in the year 2014 (n = 17). The majority of articles originated from the United States (n = 51) with the most contribution from The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX. The most frequent first authors were Torabinejad (n = 4), Nosrat (n = 3), and Thibodeau (n = 3). In vitro studies were the most common study design (n = 29) followed by reviews (n = 21). “Regenerative endodontics” was the most frequently used key word.

Conclusions:

This bibliometric analysis reveals the progress and trend of research in the field of regenerative endodontics. The in vitro articles published in the field of regenerative endodontics had the highest number of citations and average citation rates.

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