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JNS - Journal of Neurosurgery -

Journal of Neurosurgery

Feb 2010 / Vol. 112 / No. 2
Pages 223-232

Special Article

Highly cited works in neurosurgery. Part I: the 100 top-cited papers in neurosurgical journals
A review

1Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and 2Division of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Abbreviations used in this paper: ACD = anterior cervical discectomy; AVM = arteriovenous malformation; CM = cavernous malformation; DAVF = dural arteriovenous fistula; DBS = deep brain stimulation; JNNP = Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry; PD = Parkinson disease; SAH = subarachnoid hemorrhage; SCI = spinal cord injury; SHI = severe head injury.
Address correspondence to:
Andres M. Lozano, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Neurosurgery, Toronto
Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst Street, WW 4-447, Toronto, Ontario M5T
2S8, Canada. email: .
Please include this information when citing this paper: published online January 15, 2010; DOI: 10.3171/2009.12.JNS091599.


number of citations a published article receives is a measure of its
impact in the scientific community. This study identifies and
characterizes the current 100 top-cited articles in journals
specifically dedicated to neurosurgery.
journals were identified using the Institute for Scientific Information
Journal Citation Reports. A search was performed using Institute for
Scientific Information Web of Science for articles appearing in each of
these journals. The 100 top-cited articles were selected and analyzed.
100 most cited manuscripts in neurosurgical journals appeared in 3 of
13 journals dedicated to neurosurgery. These included 79 in the Journal of Neurosurgery, 11 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, and 10 in Neurosurgery.
The individual citation counts for these articles ranged from 287 to
1515. Seventy-seven percent of articles were published between 1976 and
1995. Representation varied widely across neurosurgical disciplines,
with cerebrovascular diseases leading (43 articles), followed by trauma
(27 articles), stereotactic and functional neurosurgery (13 articles),
and neurooncology (12 articles). The study types included 5 randomized
trials, 5 cooperative studies, 1 observational cohort study, 69 case
series, 8 review articles, and 12 animal studies. Thirty articles dealt
with surgical management and 12 with nonsurgical management. There were
15 studies of natural history of disease or outcomes after trauma, 11
classification or grading scales, and 10 studies of human
most cited articles in neurosurgical journals are trials evaluating
surgical or medical therapies, descriptions of novel techniques, or
systems for classifying or grading disease. The time of publication,
field of study, nature of the work, and the journal in which the work
appears are possible determinants of the likelihood of citation and

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