The Top 50 Iranian Surgical Articles


Background: Citations are an important measure of the quality and content of scientific communica- tions. Since no study regarding the most cited surgical articles from Iran exists, this article aims to identi- fy these top cited articles.

Materials and Methods: The 50 most frequently cited articles in all fields of surgery originated from Iran were identified in database of Scopus in January 2007.

Results: The mean number of citations per article was 10. The most cited article received 54 citations, and the least cited article received 4. More than two-thirds of articles were published after 2000. Oph- thalmology and urology led the list of the surgical fields, each with 11 articles. A few articles in the field of general surgery were noted. There was not even an Iranian journal appeared on the list.

Conclusion: Conclusion: It can be concluded that although the number of citations of Iranian articles is far behind top-cited international articles, the current trend is promising.