Rheumatological publications from Malaysia: a bibliometric study

  • Cheong Lieng Teng
  • Wei Zhuen Chew
  • Esha Das Gupta
  • Swan Sim YeapEmail author
Brief Report



To assess the content, authorship and study design of rheumatological publications written by Malaysian authors or about rheumatological conditions in Malaysia.


The Malaysian Medical Repository (MyMedR), a web-based database of Malaysian health and medical publications, and Scopus were searched to retrieve rheumatological publications from Malaysia, for the period 1950 until 30 June 2019. The type and number of publications in each rheumatological subject area and the overall trend of publication numbers and citations were analysed.


547 publications were found for the time period studied. There was a 27-fold increase in the number of publications from the period up to 1980 compared to 2010-2019. The median number of citations per paper was 5, but unlike the number of publications, there was only a slight increase in the number of citations with time. 84.5% of the papers were cited at least once. The top 3 conditions generating the most publications were systemic lupus erythematosus, 36.7%, followed by rheumatoid arthritis, 17.0%, and osteoporosis, 13.9%.


The number of rheumatological publications in Malaysia have increased over time, especially in the last decade. However, the average number of citations per publications remains low and the majority of publications are in journals with low impact factors. Thus, the quality of rheumatological publications from Malaysia can be further improved.

Key Points

• There have been only a limited number of bibliometric analysis of rheumatology publications from Asia.

• In Malaysia, the number of rheumatology publications has increased over time.

• However, there is still room for improvement in terms of the quality of the publications.


Bibliometric Malaysia Publications Rheumatology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineInternational Medical UniversityNegeri SembilanMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineInternational Medical UniversityNegeri SembilanMalaysia
  3. 3.Department of MedicineSubang JayaMalaysia

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