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The Leading Authors in Three High Impact Dermatology Journals

The Leading Authors in Three High Impact Dermatology Journals

The Leading Authors in Three High Impact Dermatology Journals

Research Letter

1Institute of Chemical Sciences, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan

2Programa de Pós-Graduação em Bioquímica Toxicológica, Departamento de Bioquímica e Biologia Molecular, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil

Corresponding Author:

Waseem Hassan, PhD

Institute of Chemical Sciences

University of Peshawar

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Recently in dermatology, the most influential scientists were reported [1,2]. Similarly, after analyzing the publications over 10 years (2011-2020), the top authors in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) were also described [3]. In this letter, we are reporting for the first time the top three authors in three world-class journals (ie, JAAD, JAMA Dermatology [JAMA-D], and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology [AJCD]). On July 24, 2022, the data was retrieved from the Scopus database, and the analysis was performed on RStudio (Bibliometrix/Biblioshiny) software (RStudio, PBC). We only analyzed research articles and excluded the year 2022. Scopus has been covering JAAD, JAMA-D and AJCD since 1979, 2013 and 2000, respectively. In total:

  • JAAD published 17,065 research articles. A total of 93 authors published at least 30 articles (for a total of 2732 articles). In these publications, the authors were from 2307 universities in 65 countries.
  • JAMA-D has published 1200 articles, of which 5975 authors from 1900 universities in 56 countries have contributed.
  • AJCD has published 492 articles. In all publications, 1866 authors were from 838 universities in 45 countries.

During the analysis, authors were included from JAMA-D and AJCD if they had published at least 5 research articles.

There are several bibliometric indicators that can be used for analysis. For example, the h-index considers both the number of publications and citations. In other words, a dermatologist with 5 articles with 5 or more citations (each) will have an h-index of 5. The g-index is another interesting indicator. It represents the highest number “g” of articles that together received g2 or more citations. A g-index of 10 indicates that the top 10 publications have been cited at least 100 times (102). The m-quotient (or m-index) considers both the h-index and the number of years. The m-index can be obtained by dividing the h-index by the number of years since the first publication of an author. For example, an h-index of 10 for an individual over 5 years means that the m-quotient is 2.

Our results differed from earlier reports [1-3], as they ranked the authors on the basis of the total number of publications and the h-index. We highlighted the most influential authors in all 3 journals on the basis of the total number of publications, total citations, h-index, g-index, and m-index. The data is presented in Table 1. We also provide the list of the top 10 most productive universities and countries (Table 2).

The major limitations of this letter are name changes (variations in initials) and duplication of common names (authors and universities), which are not addressed. This may affect the ranking. We only relied on Scopus; other databases were not included in this study.

Table 1. The list of the top 3 authors in JAAD, AJCD, and JAMA-D.a
Number of publicationsTotal citationH-indexG-indexM-index
 Feldman SR (n=127)Feldman SR (n=12,778)Lebwohl M (55)Feldman SR (112)Gelfand JM (1.895)
 Lebwohl M (n=108)Lebwohl M (n=10,127)Feldman SR (48)Lebwohl M (100)Patel KR (1.8)
 Paller AS (n=77)Menter A (n=7754)Gottlieb AB (39)Paller AS (77)Silverberg JI (1.769)
 Piérard GE (n=10)Silverberg JI (n=260)Silverberg JI (8)Piérard GE (10)Simpson EL (1.75)
 Silverberg JI (n=9)Armstrong AW (n=244)Armstrong AW (8)Silverberg JI (9)Chen Z (1.25)
 Armstrong AW (n=9)Feldman SR (n=218)Feldman SR (7)Armstrong AW (9)Paller AS (1.25)
 Mostaghimi A (n=30)Margolis DJ (n=1159)Armstrong AW (15)Mostaghimi A (24)Mostaghimi A (2)
 Marghoob AA (n=21)Schmults CD (n=1088)Margolis DJ (14)Marghoob AA (21)Armstrong AW (1.5)
 Margolis DJ (n=20)Weinstock MA (n=1067)Marghoob AA (14)Margolis DJ (20)Tkachenko E (1.5)

aThe ranking is based on the number of publications, total citations, h-index, g-index, and m-index. The data was retrieved from Scopus on July 28, 2022, and analyzed on RStudio (Bibliometrix/Biblioshiny).

bJAAD: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

cTotal publications: 26,185; total citations: 566,620 (citations of 20,000 documents); total h-index: 242 (of 20,000 documents); Impact Factor (2021): 15.48; CiteScore: 8.1; Scientific Journal Ranking (SJR; 2021): 1.948; Source-normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP; 2021): 2.512.

dAJCD: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology.

eTotal publications: 1418; total citations: 46,803; total h-index: 99; Impact Factor (2021): 6.23; CiteScore: 12.1; SJR (2021): 1.956; SNIP (2021): 3.024.

fJAMA-D: JAMA Dermatology.

gTotal publications: 3544; total citations: 46,377; total h-index: 82; Impact Factor (2021): 11.8; CiteScore: 12.5; SJR (2021): 2.412; SNIP (2021): 3.658.

Table 2. List of the top 10 most productive universities and countries.
UniversitiesPublications, nCountryPublications, n
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology(top 10 universities and countries)
 Mayo Clinic171United States2395
 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine162Italy155
 Harvard Medical School144Canada146
 University of Pennsylvania141Germany118
 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai134Israel88
 University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine131Austria65
 University of California, San Francisco126United Kingdom64
 Wake Forest School of Medicine113Japan58
 Massachusetts General Hospital110France55
 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center87Spain45
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology(top 10 universities and countries)
 Harvard Medical School94United States778
 University of Pennsylvania74France96
 Brigham and Women\'s Hospital73United Kingdom78
 University of California, San Francisco64Germany71
 University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine57Spain65
 Northwestern University56Australia62
 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine54Canada57
 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center48Italy50
 Massachusetts General Hospital40Netherlands46
JAMA Dermatology(top 10 universities and countries)
 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine17United States206
 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai15Germany46
 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liege13Italy37
 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center11Turkey35
 University of Toronto11Canada33
 Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena11United Kingdom29
 Springer Nature11France24
 Ankara Numune Education and Research Hospital10New Zealand24
 Harvard Medical School10Belgium19
 University of Southern California10Spain18

Conflicts of Interest

None declared.

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AJCD: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
JAAD: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
JAMA-D: JAMA Dermatology

Edited by R Dellavalle, T Sivesind; submitted 29.05.22; peer-reviewed by N Henrique, S Quinn; comments to author 02.07.22; revised version received 28.07.22; accepted 03.08.22; published 23.08.22


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