The 100 Top-Cited Scientific Papers Focused on the Topic of Bacteriocins

  • Hossein Jamali
  • Kateryna Krylova
  • Charles M. DozoisEmail author


Bacteriocins are antimicrobial compounds with targeted activities that are produced by a variety of bacterial species. Different aspects of bacteriocins were intensively studied and highlighted in previous research publications. Developments in this field are best demonstrated through analysis of the most cited scientific literature concerning bacteriocins. The objective of this report was to identify and establish main characteristics of the 100 top-cited papers presenting research on bacteriocins. Publications regarding bacteriocins between 1970 and 12th May 2017 were retrieved from the Web of Knowledge database of the Institute of Scientific Information. From this list, the top-cited 100 papers in the field of bacteriocins were established. The top-cited papers in this field were published from 1991 to 2013 and, as of this date, they have received from 85 to 1097 citations. The average citation rate of the 100 top-cited papers was 166.23 times (SD 136.87). The most common fields of study were microbiology (45%), biochemistry and molecular biology (35%), and biotechnology and applied microbiology (26%). Among the top-cited papers, 24 and 17 papers originated from the United States and Germany, respectively. Among these top-cited papers close to 80% concerned mainly bacteriocins from Gram-positive bacteria, whereas, only nine of the top-cited papers described bacteriocins of Gram-negative bacteria.


Citation-classics Bacteriocin Bibliometric Top-cited articles Antimicrobial peptides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hossein Jamali
    • 1
  • Kateryna Krylova
    • 1
  • Charles M. Dozois
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.INRS-Institut Armand-FrappierLavalCanada

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