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Aim: This bibliometric study aimed to assess various attributes of documents published in the Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ) from 2001 to 2020.

Design/Methodology: This was a retrospective study, performed on the publications output of HILJ from 2001 to 2020. The dataset was extracted from Elsevier’s Scopus database. The retrieved data were evaluated on the following bibliometric parameters; to examine the periodic growth of publications and citations, to analyze the authorship and collaboration patterns, to point out the productive authors, countries, most-cited documents, frequently used keywords and flow of knowledge. All types of documents were included for scrutiny, the documents published in 2021 were excluded as the year was not yet over. The data analysis was done by using the Microsoft Excel, VOSviewer, and Statistical Package of Social Sciences (SPSS).

Results: A total of 920 papers were identified in the targeted period with a Standard Error of Means (SEM) of 46±2.48, and an average annual growth rate of 4.96. These documents gained 12,107 citations (SEM 605.35±141.77) with an average of 13.16 citations per document. The number of documents per year was varied from 34 to 68. The open accessed documents received a higher ratio of citations as compared to subscription-based documents. A positive correlation was found between the number of authors and citations. Two author pattern was dominated and about 75% of the documents consisted of articles type but the review papers got higher citation impact. The study found that the authors belonged to 130 countries contributed and 46.63% (n=429) of the total paper were contributed by the United Kingdom. The University of Sheffield and Andrew Booth were found the most prolific institution and author, respectively.

Conclusion: The present bibliometric study has demonstrated the significant findings, which help to map the research inclinations and potentially guides to the LIS professionals serving in medical libraries. HILJ has published substantial literature on health sciences librarianship contributed by 1,535 authors belonged to 113 countries of the world during the last two decades. The United Kingdom has been found a most productive country in terms of publications, while the United States on the top in citing the literature of HILJ.