Covid-19 and Pregnancy: A Scientometric Assessment of Global Publications during 2020-21

    Published on:December 2021
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2021; 13(3S):s122-s129
    Original Article | doi:10.5530/jyp.2021.13s.82

    Madhu Bansal1,*, Jivesh Bansal2, BM Gupta3, Ashok Kumar4

    1Department of Mathematics Library, Panjab University, Chandigarh, INDIA.

    2Panjab University, AC Joshi Library, Chandigarh, INDIA.

    3Formerly with CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi, INDIA.

    4Indira Gandhi University, Meerpur, Rewari, Haryana, INDIA.


    Background: Covid-19 pandemic had been a disastrous catastrophe on human race affecting different groups of population differently. Pregnancy is a condition which too has been affected by Covid-19. The present study aims to examine the research productivity of Covid-19 and pregnancy. Methods: Keywords pertaining to “Covid-19” and “Pregnancy” were used in search string in Scopus database for the period 2020-21. Data regarding publications growth, productive countries, authors and institutions, high cited papers and significant keywords was retrieved to analyze results. Results: The search retrieved 2945 global publications for the period 2020-21. The USA, UK and China were the most productive countries (with 28.96%, 11.27% and 9.3% global share) on “Covid-19 and Pregnancy”. The 613 organizations and 953 authors participated in global research on the subject, with top 20 most productive organizations and authors contributing 26.38% and 9.68% global publication share and 53.64% and 38.53% global citation share respectively. Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Tongji Medical College, China and Harvard Medical School, USA were the most productive organizations (with 68, 64 and 52 publications) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (45.88 and 2.12), Tongji Medical College, China (44.96 and 2.08) and University of Health Sciences, Turkey (22.38 and 1.03) led the world as most impactful organizations in terms of citation impact and relative citation index. A Khalil (23 papers), C. Gyamfi-Bannerman (19 papers) and D. Goffman and I.C. Poon (17 papers each) were the most productive authors and H. Yang (197.4 and 4.66), l. Feng (105.12 and 2.5) and D.A. Schwartz (74.82 and 1.77) were the most impactful authors. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (94 papers), International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (85 papers) and European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (66 papers) were the most productive journals in global research on “Covid-19 and Pregnancy”. JAMA-Journal of the American Medical Association (45.52), Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica (34.22) and Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (25.95) were leading most impactful journals. The 61 (2.07%) out of 2945 global publications on “Covid-19 and Pregnancy” registered 102 to 1571 citations per paper and they together received 14620 citations averaging 239.67 citations per paper. These 61 publications are assumed as high cited publications and involve 153 authors, 116 organizations and published in 43 journals.

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