Background: Animal studies are an indispensable part of fundamental and applied research essential for the advancement of human and veterinary health, including the the current global quest for treatments and a vaccine development to combat the infectious diseases. This necessity is now clearly highlighted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic More recently a growing number of studies are published on this theme. Therfore, a bibliometric analysis of research on “Animal models in Covid-19” research is necessary and it is likely to focus on current status of research and indicate future direction in this study. Materials and Methods: The India’s originated literatures is searched on “ Animal Models in Covid-19” using two set of keywords related to Covid-19 and animals in “Keyword” and “Title” (Title of articles) tags to reach the relevant publications. VOSviewer was applied to perform the bibliometric analysis of these articles. Biblio-graphical data obtained from above search strategy was analysed the data by using well-established bibliometric indices. Results: The bibliometric analysis of India’s literature on the topic “Animal Models in Covid-19” research indicates that there were 2343 India’s publications indexed in Scopus database during 2020-21. The topic witnessed the uneven partici-pation of more than 160 countries, where 88.63% and more than 100.0% share of the global publications and citations share caming from top 10 countries. USA leads the ranking with global publication share of 28.16% share, followed by China (13.30%, U.K. (10.67%), Italy (9.93%). India’s research output on this topicr registered 7.46% share to global output. The 496 organizations and 869 authors participated in India’s research on “Animal Model in Covid-19”, of which the top 25 Indian organizations and 25 authors contributed 46.58% and 22.60% share to India’s national publication output and 61.19% and 48.8% share to India’s citation output re-spectively. AIIMS - New Delhi , PGIMER- Chandigarh, and IVRI- Bareilly were the most productive organizations (with 118, 115 and 68 publications). IVRI-Bareilly, PGIMER-Chandigarh and College of Veterinary Science, Mathura were the impactful organizations in terms of citation per paper and relative citation index. K. Dharma, R. Tiwari and Y.S. Malik were the most productive authors (with 63, 35 and 27 papers). H. Harapan, A.K.Singh and A Misra were the most impactful authors (with 90.42, 88.20 and 73.31 CPP).. International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Indian Journal of Medical Research and Diabetes and Metabolic Syndromes. Clinical Research and Review were the most productive journals (with 72, 56 and 50 papers). Conclusion: The paper provides a understanding of the current research on animal models presently used in Covid-19 research in India, identify key players and their collaboration patterns and key sub-fields, which may be useful to practicing scholars and clinicians to advance their future research in a more effective manner and to policy-makers in deciding the area of research to be funded in future.
Key words: Covid-19, Animal Models, Global publications, Indian Publications, Bibliometrics, Scientometrics1.