International Orthopaedics

, Volume 43, Issue 10, pp 2217–2226 | Cite as

A decade of Australian and New Zealand orthopaedic publications: a bibliometric trend analysis from 2008 to 2018

  • Agesilaus W. Churchill
  • Eva Malacova
  • Simon F. Journeaux
  • Martin Richardson
  • Ross Crawford
  • Mark L. VickersEmail author
Original Paper



We aimed to apply bibliometric tools to Australian and New Zealand orthopaedic publications produced between 2008 and 2018 to identify the most highly cited publications, author and institution collaboration networks and topic trends. Analysis of the literature can highlight areas of emerging interest and knowledge gaps, and direct future research.


A systematic search was conducted using Clarivate Analytics Web of Science. Citation analysis was carried out using Web of Science. Collaboration networks were constructed using chord diagrams. Trends in publication topics were analysed using simple linear regression to find the rate of change of publication volume on each topic.


A total of 3097 publications contributed to by 8855 individual authors met inclusion criteria. Across the study period, there was a large increase in the annual volume of publications on the topic of ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) surgery. We also found that collaboration between Australian and New Zealand authors was very low with only 1% (n = 31) of publications including authors from both countries and 0.4% (n = 12) including orthopaedic surgeons or trainees from both.


Publications on ACL surgery have increased over the past decade, likely due to the presence of competing surgical approaches and the recently recognized risk of osteoarthritis following ACL reconstruction. The overall collaboration between Australian and New Zealand authors was very low which lends itself to opportunities for future research.


Orthopaedics Bibliometrics Australia New Zealand Anterior cruciate ligament 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.QIMR Berghofer Medical Research InstituteBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Department of OrthopaedicsMater Health ServicesBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Surgery, Epworth Clinical SchoolThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  5. 5.Biomedical Engineering and Clinical SciencesQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  6. 6.Orthopaedic DepartmentThe Prince Charles HospitalBrisbaneAustralia

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