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Mahdiyoun, S. A, Mokhtari, H and Esmaeilzadeh, M. (2019). Classic Papers in Critical Care: A Bibliometric Analysis. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal).


Purpose- This study aimed to identify and analyze the bibliometric characteristics of the classic papers in the field of critical care.

Design/methodology/approach- In this bibliometric overview, Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science were used for data collection. Study sample consisted of the classic papers in the field of critical care, introduced in Google scholar. SPSS were used for data analyses.

Findings- Critical Care ranked the first journal in having critical care classic papers. All critical care classic papers were multi-authored. The most highly-cited paper was a paper titled "Intensive insulin therapy in the medical ICU", with 3796 received citations in Google Scholar. The United States was the top contributing country. There was a significantly positive correlation between the citations of critical care classic papers in Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science (r= .988, p<.001).

Practical implications- The bibliometric overview of critical care classic papers can be beneficial to the researchers and specialists in the field as well as to the editorial teams of its related journals. Bibliometricians and library and information specialist can use the findings of the study.

Originality/value- This study is the first to analyze the classic papers in critical care field from a bibliometric perspective.