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Winter 2-15-2021

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This study intended to carry out a scientometric analysis of the literature on health literacy related to Covid-19 pandemic and infodemic to determine its periodic growth, publication format dispersion, core journals, authorship patterns, geographic origin, keywords patterns, and core institutions. Two general bibliographic databases such as Scopus and Web of Science were searched using keywords such as ‘health literacy, health education, health communication, health promotion, combining with Covid-19 using AND to identify related citations. The data set of 620 citations were analyzed and visualized for several bibliographic characteristics using ScientoPy and VOSviewer. The results revealed that there is a phenomenal growth in the volume of literature on health literacy since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic to onward. A large majority of these citations were the journal papers. These citations were published in 340 journals scattered in a variety of fields. A little less than two-thirds of the literature was the result of a collaborative effort. The United States appeared as the leading contributor by producing one-third of the total items, followed by China and the United Kingdom. However, Vietnam dominated with the number of citations among top authors and top institutions. This research provided useful insight into the patterns of scholarly communication in the health literacy research produced in the Covid-19 era. These trends would be beneficial to researchers of several disciplines by determining the core areas, core authors, and core journals publishing this literature. It also encourages scholars to initiate collaborative and multi-disciplinary research on health literacy for deep and pragmatic insight.