The Top 100 Cited Articles in Essential Tremor

  • Julian Benito-Leon
  • Elan D. Louis

Abstract

Background: The impact of scientific articles is proportional to the citations they have received. Our aim was to identify and analyze the top 100 cited articles on essential tremor (ET).

Methods: The Institute for Scientific Information Web of Knowledge Database and the 2012 Journal Citation Report Science Editions were used to retrieve the 100 top-cited articles published about ET from 1960 to April 2013. Information was collected by the Analyze Tool on the Web of Science, including number of citations, publication title, journal name, publication year, and country and institution of origin. Additional analyses were then performed to determine authorship, article type, study design, and level of evidence.

Results: Almost half of the articles were retrieved from two journals: Neurology (n = 31) and Movement Disorders (n = 18). The top 100 articles were published between 1960 and 2010, with case series being the most common study design (n = 34). According to their countries of origin, more than half of the articles were generated in the United States (n = 54), which led the list. Columbia University in the United States produced the largest number of ET articles (n = 19), followed by the University of Kansas (n = 18). The most frequent first authors of the top-cited articles in ET were E.D. Louis (n = 27) and W.C. Koller (n = 15), who together accounted for 42% of the articles on the list.

Discussion: It is important to acknowledge the top-cited articles as they mark key topics and advances in ET.