Aim: The study aims to present a profile of orthodontics research carried out by Saudi Arabian affiliated authors.
Method: This retrospective study was carried out at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. The Web of Science, Clarivate Analytics database was used to obtain the targeted data-set on April 28, 2019. Keyword “Orthodontic” was used in the main search term and the Address option “Saudi Arabia” was written. All the records published up to December 31, 2018, included except letters and notes. The data has been analyzed by using bibliometric indicators, like year-wise distribution and growth; journal’s name, its publishing country and impact factor; national productive organization, international research collaborative institutions, productive authors and list of top cited articles. Microsoft Excel spreadsheet was used for data analysis.
Results: A total of 302 papers have been identified by Web of Science on Orthodontics with authorship affiliated to Saudi Arabia. These papers published during 24 years with an average of 12.58 papers per year. These publications received 1,348 citations with an average of 4.46 citations per paper. Majority of papers (n=265; 87.74%) published in the 109 international journals. One hundred and four papers published in 33 journals published from the United States. Top 15 productive organizations of Saudi Arabia, top international research collaborative organizations and productive authors have been calculated. Journals’ impact factor and their publications have also been discussed. Citation pattern of open access and subscription-based publication reveals that open access publications have less number of citations.
Conclusion: Upwards trendy of orthodontics research publications found in the recent past. Local researchers should be motivated to cite locally published literature to improve the citation impact of local literature. Research productivity would be increased by opening more postgraduate dental institutes in Saudi Arabia.