The 100 classic papers of orthopaedic surgery: a bibliometric analysis

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2010 Oct;92(10):1338-43. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.92B10.24867.


The credibility and creativity of an author may be gauged by the number of scientific papers he or she has published, as well as the frequency of citations of a particular paper reflecting the impact of the data on the area of practice. The object of this study was to identify and analyse the qualities of the top 100 cited papers in orthopaedic surgery. The database of the Science Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (1945 to 2008) was used. A total of 1490 papers were cited more than 100 times, with the top 100 being subjected to further analysis. The majority originated in the United States, followed by the United Kingdom. The top 100 papers were published in seven specific orthopaedic journals. Analysis of the most-cited orthopaedic papers allows us a unique insight into the qualities, characteristics and clinical innovations required for a paper to attain 'classic' status.

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes / statistics & numerical data
  • Authorship
  • Bibliometrics
  • Humans
  • Journal Impact Factor*
  • Orthopedics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Periodicals as Topic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Publishing / statistics & numerical data