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Vigorously cited: A bibliometric analysis of the 500 most cited physical activity articles

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posted on 18.10.2021, 01:46 authored by Aamir R Memon, Gia ToGia To, Corneel VandelanotteCorneel Vandelanotte
Background: To date, no citation analysis has been conducted in the physical activity field, which can contribute to assess the impact of this research field and identify knowledge gaps. Therefore, this study aimed to identify the 500 most cited physical activity publications and report their bibliometric characteristics. Methods: The Web of Science database (all database indexes) was searched, and bibliometric characteristics were imported and calculated. Results: A total of 520 publications were ranked as the top 500. The sum of the citations was 326,258, and the average citation density was 41.0 (45.1) citations per year. Original research articles constituted the major portion of included publications (53.7%; 170,774 citations). Papers reporting relationship of physical activity with health were the most prevalent type of publication included (43.7%; 141,027 citations). Journal impact factor had a weak but significant positive correlation with citation density (r = .12; P = .006). The United States was ranked first in terms of the contributions from institutions and authors contributing to the most cited physical activity papers. Conclusions: Top physical activity publications are well cited compared with other health behavior fields. Original research reporting on the associations between physical activity and health has a higher citation impact compared with other types of original research within the physical activity field. The physical activity research field continues to expand rapidly as newer publications attract more citations in a shorter time span compared with older publications.

History

Volume

18

Issue

8

Start Page

904

End Page

919

Number of Pages

16

eISSN

1543-5474

ISSN

1543-3080

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women, Nawabshah (SBA),Pakistan

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Physical Activity and Health