Rubella virus infections: a bibliometric analysis of the scientific literature from 2000 to 2021

Hasan Ejaz*, Hafiz Muhammad Zeeshan, Abid Iqbal, Shakil Ahmad, Fahad Ahmad, Abualgasim Elgaili Abdalla, Naeem Anwar, Kashaf Junaid, Sonia Younas, Ashina Sadiq, Muhammad Atif, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari

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Rubella virus (RuV) generally causes a mild infection, but it can sometimes lead to systemic abnormalities. This study aimed to conduct a bibliometric analysis of over two decades of RuV research. Medical studies published from 2000 to 2021 were analyzed to gain insights into and identify research trends and outputs in RuV. R and VOSviewer were used to conduct a bibliometric investigation to determine the globally indexed RuV research output. The Dimensions database was searched with RuV selected as the subject, and 2500 published documents from the preceding two decades were reviewed. The number of publications on RuV has increased since 2003, reaching its peak in 2020. There were 12,072 authors and 16,769 author appearances; 88 publications were single-authored and 11,984 were multi-authored. The United States was the most influential contributor to RuV research, in terms of publications and author numbers. The number of RuV-related articles has continued to increase over the past few years due to the significant rubella burden in low-income nations. This study will aid in formulating plans and policies to control and prevent RuV infections.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2562
Number of pages12
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2022


  • Biblioshiny
  • citation analysis
  • dimensions
  • R language
  • rubella infections
  • VOSviewer

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