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Universities and institutes of higher education produce researchers and scholars who can find the solutions to the problems in their fields of studies. Researchers belonging to any academic discipline should have certain competencies and skills to conduct a valuable research. This study uses the Bibliometric method to investigate the literature published on researchers’ competencies, not limited to any specific subject. The query to search literature on research competencies was run on Web of Science and 5,716 results were analyzed. A comparison of pattern of publications and citations year wise was presented from 1905 to 2020. The study reveals that most of the publications were from USA. Similar results were found in the top ten highest research producing institutions which included five American and two Canadian universities. Keywords analysis shows the emergence of ‘research ethics’ and ‘academic writing’ as two major areas in research competencies.