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Bibliometric analysis of the classic cited papers in the American Journal of Surgery: Citation recapitulates surgical history

Published:January 06, 2023DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2023.01.005

      Highlights

      • The 16 classic cited AJS papers were characterized.
      • Were based on careful clinical observations, innovation, and build on prior published work.
      • Citation recapitulated surgical history.

      Abstract

      Background

      We performed a bibliometric analysis of the American Journal of Surgery (AJS) to identify, characterize and place within a historical context, its published classic cited papers (CCPs).

      Methods

      Bibliometric data from papers published in the AJS between January 1, 1945, and December 31, 2021 was extracted from the Web of Science database. Analysis was performed utilizing Bibliometrix and VOSViewer software.

      Results

      27,070 papers were published in the AJS over the study period. There were 16 CCPs, including 5 Top CCPs, identified. Review of the Top CCPs reveals that they are based on careful clinical observations, innovation and generally build on prior published work. Top CCPs usually are specific to a particular diagnosis or a commonly performed procedure, as such papers frequently present a scoring or classification system, or important details related to new operative approaches or techniques.

      Conclusions

      Bibliometric study of the AJS has allowed for identification, characterization and appreciation of many of the key changes that have occurred in the discipline throughout the history of modern surgery.

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