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Research on Nigella sativa: A Scientometric Assessment of Global Publications Output During 1989-18

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Pharmaceutical Methods,2019,10,1,xx-xx.
Published:March 2019
Type:Invited Article

Research on Nigella sativa: A Scientometric Assessment of Global Publications Output During 1989-18

B. M. Gupta1, K K Mueen Ahmed2,*

1Formerly with (CSIR-NISTADS) CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi-110012, INDIA.

2Phcog.Net #17, II Floor, Buddha Vihar Road, Cox Town, Bengaluru‑560 005, Karnataka, INDIA.


The present study examined 3718 global publications on Nigella sativa, as indexed and covered in international Scopus database during 1989-2018, with a view to understand their growth rate, global publication share, citation impact, international collaborative papers share, distribution of publications by broad subjects, productivity and citation profile of top organizations and authors, preferred media of communication and bibliographic characteristics of high cited papers. The global publications on Nigella sativa registered 20.87% annual average growth rate and its citation impact averaged to 19.08 citations per paper. The global share of top 10 countries on Nigella sativa ranged from 3.15% to 23.91%, with the largest share (23.91%) from India, followed by Iran (9.58%), Egypt (9.06%), USA (7.15%), etc. 81.31% and 75.74% of the global publication and citation share comes from top 10 countries during 1989-18. The cumulative global share of top 10 countries increased from 70.56% to 82.58% from 1989-03 to 2004-18. Five countries registered relative citation index above the world average of 0.93: Germany (1.86), USA (1.54), Turkey (1.33), Saudi Arabia (1.16) and Egypt (0.94) during 1989-18. Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmaceutics contributed the largest global publications share of 33.97%, followed by agricultural and biological sciences (32.92%), medicine (30.10%), biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (24.74%), chemistry (12.40%), immunology and microbiology (6.97%), environmental science (5.38%) and veterinary science (3.60%) during 1989-18. 432 organizations and 642 authors participated in global research on Nigella sativa during 1989-18, of which the top 15 most productive research organizations and the authors collectively contributed 23.45% and 6.64% global publication share and 21.82% and 8.04% global citation share respectively during 1989-18. Amongst 3655 journal papers (in 364 journals) in global Nigella sativa research, the top 15 most productive journals together contributed 13.54% global share of total journal publication output during 1989-18. One Hundred Twenty-Six (126) publications were found to be high cited, as they registered citations from 100 to 2971 during 1989-18 and they together received 23426 citations, averaging to 185.92 citations per paper

Scientometric Profile of Top 15 Most Productive Global Organizations in Nigella sativa Research during 1989-18