Published online Jul 18, 2014. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v5.i3.392
Revised: May 28, 2014
Accepted: May 31, 2014
Published online: July 18, 2014
Core tip: Spine Journal, established in 1976, is affiliated with 12 spine societies and a leader in spine research articles. Citation analysis is a method to determine the impact of a journal and its articles on academia and clinical practice. Using the Institute for Scientific Information Web of Knowledge, we determined the most cited articles in Spine Journal between 1990-2009. The characteristics and type of article were recorded. Next, we evaluated the most published authors during the same time period and calculated the number of citations for each author. The top 20 cited articles range from 491 to 267 total citations. The top 20 published authors had between 41 and 135 articles. Seventeen of the top 20 articles were clinical studies. The range of citations per lead authorship ratio was 36 to 724 with one author having no lead authorships. The most popular topics included low back pain. Interestingly, the first-ranked article was not a spine-specific topic rather it was regarding general physical and mental health status survey update review.