Assessment of Korea’s orthopedic research activities in the top 15 orthopedic journals, 2008–2017

Won Yong Shon, Byung Ho Yoon, Eun Ae Jung, Jin Woo Kim, Yong Chan Ha, Seung Hwan Han, Hak Sun Kim

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Background: Bibliometrics is increasingly used to assess the quantity and quality of scientific research output in many research fields worldwide. This study aims to update Korea’s worldwide research productivity in the field of orthopedics using bibliometric methods and to provide Korean surgeons and researchers with insights into such research. Methods: Articles published in the top 15 orthopedic journals between 2008 and 2017 were retrieved using the Web of Science. The number of articles, citations and h-index (Hirsch index), funding sources, institutions, and journal patterns were analyzed. Results: Of the total 39,494 articles, Korea’s contribution accounted for 5.6% (2,161 articles), ranking fifth in the world in the number of publications. Korea ranked sixth (with 29,456) for total citations worldwide but ranked 17th (13.64) in terms of average citation per item and 14th (55) in terms of h-index. Korea showed the most prolific productivity in the field of sports medicine and arthroscopy. The institution that produced the highest number of publications was Seoul National University (n = 386, 17.9%). Conclusions: Orthopedic research in South Korea demonstrated high productivity in terms of the number of publications in high-quality journals between 2008 and 2017. However, total citations and average citations per article were still relatively low. Efforts should be made to increase citation rates for further improvement in research productivity in the field of orthopedics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalClinics in Orthopedic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019

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  • Bibliometrics
  • Journal impact factor
  • Korea
  • Orthopedics
  • Research


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