Association of literature metrics in gynecologic oncology with country classification by income level

Gabriel Levin, Rene Pareja, Ross Harrison, Pedro T. Ramirez, Raanan Meyer

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Objective: Bibliometric literature in gynecologic oncology is limited. We aimed to study the association between the level of income of the country of authorship and citation metrics. Methods: A retrospective study including all articles and reviews published during 1977-2022 in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer (IJGC) and Gynecologic Oncology journals. Country of origin was defined as the corresponding author's address. We classified articles into groups by level of income of the country of origin, as defined by the World Bank. The primary outcome measure was the median number of citations per year. Results: A total of 9835 articles were included in the analysis (IJGC n=3786 (38.5%), Gynecologic Oncology n=6049 (61.5%)). There were 8587 (87.3%) publications from high income countries, 1134 (11.5%) from upper-middle income countries, and 114 (1.2%) from lower-middle income countries. There were no publications from countries of low income. Most publications originated in the United States with 4089 (41.6%), followed by China (n=730, 7.4%), Italy (n=533, 5.4%), Canada (n=467, 4.7%), and Japan (n=461, 4.7%). Over the most recent 5 years there was a decrease in the representation of upper-middle income countries and lower-middle income countries; 16.3% (91/557) in 2018 versus 9.1% (38/417) in 2022 (p=0.005). In a multivariable regression analysis that included year of publication, open access publication model, study being supported by funding, publishing journal, review article, and level of income, all factors were associated with high citation per year score except the income classification of the article's country of origin (adjusted OR 1.59-1.72, 95% CI 0.61 to 4.30). Conclusion: High income countries have a disproportionate representation in gynecologic oncology publications. After adjusting for confounders, the country's level of income was not independently associated with a high citation per year score. This implies that the number of citations per year is not compromised by the country's level of income.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberijgc-2023-004380
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Cancer
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Gynecology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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