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This study investigates a bibliometric analysis of Studies in Family Planning journal from 2004 to 2009. It identified major areas of research focus, research design used, authorship patterns, affiliation of authors, citation patterns, continents of research focus and geographical distribution of authors. Findings revealed that family planning and sexual and reproductive health were key subjects of research. Surveys were mostly used for data collection. Authors tilted towards collaboration. Most authors were affiliated to universities. Also, the most cited information source was journal. Most of the articles were on developing countries and most authors were domiciled in developed countries with USA dominating the field. Increase on the topics on which articles are lean should be encouraged. More authors from developing countries should be encouraged. More articles focusing on developed countries should be welcomed to allow for comparative studies in medical research.