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Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to use scientometric analysis to identify the current state of the academic literature regarding Digital humanities(DH) and analyze its knowledge base such as highly contributing researchers, countries, organizations, sources, keyword analysis and subject areas.

Design/methodology/approach– This study carried out a scientometric study on DH literature, 2909 records were retrieved from Scopus database, time span chosen as 2005-2020 as 15 years of study in DH research area. Retrieved data can be analyzed by using VOSviewer,Bibliometrix R package scientometric tools.

Findings – The findings suggested the enormous proliferation of DH research during last 15 years, social sciences scores highest position in subject category with (30.3%) publications. Hyvonen, Eero is the higly contributing author. USA is the most productive country. The King's College London tops as the highly productive institutions in the DH research area. This study also shows strong co-authorship pattern between authors, countries and institutions. The most frequently used keyword in DH research is “Digital humanities”.

Originality/value– This study on scientometric analysis in DH literature may inform researchers and scholars of current trends and development in DH research area.