Global Scientific Research Progress in Thyroid Cancer: A Bibliometric Analysis

Hassan H. Musa, Idriss H. Musa, Mansour El-Sharief, Taha H. Musa


The incidence of thyroid cancer (TC) has rapidly increased in the world. The study aims to provide a detailed evaluation of thyroid cancer research output. Data were retrieved from the Web of Science (WOS) Core Collection and Scopus databases for bibliometric analysis. A total of 10689 and 9063 documents of TC were retrieved from Scopus and WOS, respectively. Dramatic growth in the global TC research was observed from 1991-2020. USA, China, Italy, Korea, Japan and Germany were the leading countries; the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Pisa were the leading institutes in thyroid cancer research at the global level. A scientist from the division of medicine, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology were contributed more than 85% of the publications. USA agencies supported 25.68% of TC research. Journal of thyroid and journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism are the most productive journals. Wang Y and Tuttle RM were the top productive, authors. Revised American thyroid association management guidelines for patients with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer authored by Cooper DS et al., published in 2009, was the most cited article. The most retrieved keywords were thyroid cancer, papillary thyroid cancer, and differentiated thyroid cancer. The study concludes that USA institutes and funding agencies contribute to thyroid cancer research at a global level. Papillary thyroid cancer is a hot topic for research.

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