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Objective:This paper aims to describe bibliometric study of scholarly literature published in Pakistan Heart Journalcoveringperiod from 2005 to 2015 and to explore publication trends.
Methodology:This quantitative study applied required bibliometric methods to analyze Originalarticles, authorship pattern, citations, contributions from different regions and other relevant parameters of Pakistan Heart Journal covering period from January 2005 to June 2015. The data is collected from Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI) Library.
Results:The study reveals that number of articles published in each issue of the journal ranges from 09 to 44. In regard to productivity, male authors hadhighest contribution (90.84%) and majority of authors belonged to Khyber Pukhtunkhwareion(41.69%). The finding shows that Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar had the highest research productivity in the region. Cardiologyis main subject area covered in the articles with Ischemic heart disease as leading topic (23%) followed by Preventive cardiology (19.47%). Articles with three authors were more in numbers (24.03%). Journal (95.36%) proved to be the more cited source of information.Variation was found in the number of references cited in each article, 38.67% (87) articles have 11-20 references. Article’s length was also analyzed and it was revealed thatmajority (30.22%) of articles were comprised of threepages.
Conclusion: The Study investigated that the frequency of Pakistan Heart Journal found irregular with gradual increase in number of articles. Significantincrease in number of articles had been seen in the last five years.Being a special journal about heart diseases, largernumber of articles was on Ischemic heart disease followed by Preventivecardiology.