A bibliometric review of the literature.
The aim of this study was to identify the most highly cited articles relating to cervical myelopathy and to analyze the most influential articles.
Summary of Background Data.
Over the past several decades, a lot of research has been conducted regarding the subject of cervical myelopathy. Although there are a large number of articles on this topic, to our knowledge, this is the first bibliometric analysis.
A selection of search terms and keywords were inputted into the “Dimensions” database and the most highly cited articles in cervical myelopathy were selected from high impact factor journals. The top 100 articles were analyzed for year of publication, authorship, publishing journals, institution and country of origin, subject matter, article type, and level of evidence.
The 100 most cited articles in the topic of cervical myelopathy were published from 1956 to 2015. These articles, their corresponding authors, and number of citations are shown in Table 1. The number of citations ranged from 121 times for the 100th article to 541 times for the top article in a total of 20 journals. The most common topic was operative technique, whereas the journals which contributed the most articles were the Spine journal and the Journal of Neurosurgery.
Our study provided an extensive list of the most historically significant articles regarding cervical myelopathy, acknowledging the key contributions made to the advancement of this field.
Level of Evidence: 5