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This study evaluates the research performance of King Edward Medical University, the oldest school of medical education in Pakistan. Bibliometric indicators are used to assess the research output. A comparison is made with peer universities running under the same government to know King Edward Medical University’s research standing at provincial and country level. The study observes the citation patterns of research publications. The study revealed that researchers in KEMU collaborate with local and international institutes. The highest collaboration is seen with the researchers in Mayo Hospital, Lahore. International research collaboration spans over seventy countries. Trend of publishing in open access journals is not very common in researchers of KEMU and other studied universities. The highest percentage of 25 % of its research papers published in open access journals is recorded by University of Health Sciences. Further, the researchers opt to publish their research in locally published journals more frequently. The study recommends publishing in good quality journals that are indexed in international indexing databases.