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The 100 most cited manuscripts in head and neck cancer: a bibliometric analysis

  • T S M Chu (a1), H T Kwok (a2), J Chan (a3) and F Y F Tse (a4)

Abstract

Objective

This study aimed to highlight the key studies that have led to the current understanding and treatment of head and neck cancer.

Method

The Thomson Reuters Web of Science database was used to identify relevant manuscripts. The results were ranked according to the number of citations. The 100 most cited papers were analysed.

Results

A total of 63 538 eligible papers were returned. The median number of citations was 626. The most cited paper compared radiotherapy with and without cetuximab (3205 citations). The New England Journal of Medicine had the most citations (23 514), and the USA had the greatest number of publications (n = 66). The most common topics of publication were the treatment (n = 45) and basic science (n = 19) of head and neck cancer, followed by the role of human papillomavirus (n = 16).

Conclusion

This analysis highlighted key articles that influenced head and neck cancer research and treatment. It serves as a guide as to what makes a ‘citable’ paper in this field.

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Corresponding author

Author for correspondence: Mr Timothy Shun Man Chu, School of Medical Education, Newcastle University, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH, UK E-mail: T.Chu1@newcastle.ac.uk

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Mr T S M Chu takes responsibility for the integrity of the content of the paper

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The 100 most cited manuscripts in head and neck cancer: a bibliometric analysis

  • T S M Chu (a1), H T Kwok (a2), J Chan (a3) and F Y F Tse (a4)

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