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The 100 most cited papers in spinal deformity surgery: a bibliometric analysis

Shane C. O’Neill, Joseph S. Butler, Niall McGoldrick, Robert O'Leary, Keith Synnott
  • Shane C. O’Neill
    Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin, Ireland | shaneconeill@rcsi.ie
  • Joseph S. Butler
    Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
  • Niall McGoldrick
    Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
  • Robert O'Leary
    Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
  • Keith Synnott
    Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin, Ireland

Abstract

Spinal deformity is a condition that has been recognized for many millennia. There have been major advances in the treatment of spinal deformity in recent years and studies outlining new ideas can inspire others to further advance the speciality. The number of citations a paper receives may indicate the influence of that paper. It is therefore important that we evaluate and analyze the most cited works in our field. The aim of this study is to identify the 100 most cited papers relevant to spinal deformity surgery in the literature. A search through the Thomson Reuters Web of ScienceTM for citations related to spinal deformity surgery was performed. The number of citations, mean citation number (total number citations/years since publication), journal, authors, year of publication and country of origin of the top 100 papers was recorded. The top 100 papers were cited a combined 17,646 times, ranging from 453 to 112. The majority of papers originated from the United States (71) and were published in 20 different journals. The decade 1990-1999 was the most prolific, with 36 of the 100 papers published during this time. Papers pertaining to the management of scoliosis (49) were the most common. This study identifies the top 100 most cited papers in the field of spinal deformity surgery. While citation is not a specific marker of the scientific quality of a paper, it is a surrogate for the influence a paper has had on the orthopedic community. This list of papers provides an invaluable resource for both those in training and those actively practicing and involved in the further development of spinal deformity surgery.

Keywords

spinal deformity, citation analysis, most cited, scoliosis, bibliometric

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