Top-100 cited articles on headache disorders: A bibliometric analysis

Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2017 Jun:157:40-45. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2017.03.022. Epub 2017 Mar 23.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify and characterize the most-cited articles on headache disorders published in journals that have made key contributions in the field.

Patients and methods: We performed a search of journals and selected the top-100 cited articles by utilizing the Institute for Scientific Information database available under the banner of the Web of Science, which provides the most relevant bibliometric information on scientific articles published since 1950.

Results: The top-100 cited articles were published in 20 journals. The most frequently cited journal was Neurology (19 articles), and followed by Cephalagia (15 articles) and Headache (15 articles). Migraine was the most common topic subject (81 articles), and original articles predominated (91 articles). The topics of the classic articles had varied from decade to decade. The most common topic subject was epidemiology (37 articles), followed by pathophysiology (20 articles), treatment (18 articles), review (10 articles), neuroimaging (11 articles), genetics (3 articles), and diagnostic tools (2 articles).

Conclusion: The present study has produced a detailed list of the most-cited articles on headache disorders, which is the first such study in this field. This list makes it possible to recognize the classic articles on headache disorders as well as research trends and academic achievements in this field.

Keywords: Citation analysis; Headache; Publication.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Success
  • Databases, Factual / statistics & numerical data
  • Headache Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Headache Disorders* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Journal Impact Factor*
  • Neuroimaging / methods
  • Publishing