Hakan Kulaçoğlu1, Haydar Celasin2

1Department of Surgery, Ankara Hernia Center, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Surgery, Lokman Hekim Akay Hospital, Ankara, Turkey


Objective: The aim of the present study was to search the most-cited articles from Turkey on abdominal wall hernias and analyze their characteristics with several parameters.

Material and Methods: In March 2019, a search was conducted through all databases in the Web of Science (WoS) to determine the most-cited articles on abdominal wall hernias. Each article was evaluated in regard to host journal, year of publication, the complete list of authors, the type of article, main subject of the study, institution of the study group. Citation counts in Google Scholar (GSch) were also obtained.

Results: Mean number of citations of the top 100 articles in herniology was 30.50. Articles were published in 38 journals; Hernia is the leading host. No correlation was observed between the journal impact factors and the number of the citations. Two thirds of the articles were clinical studies. Article types had no significant effect on the citation counts. Inguinal hernia was the most frequent topic by taking place in 58 papers. Articles related to incisional hernias had a higher mean number of citations in comparison with other topics. Ankara University School of Medicine had most cited articles, the highest number of total citations, and the highest citation per articles. Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital and Istanbul University School of Medicine had the highest number of the articles in the list.

Conclusion: Citation counts of hernia related articles from Turkey are relatively low. Hernia is the leading journal for Turkish studies. Inguinal hernia is the most frequent topic whereas papers about incisional hernias receive more citations than others.

Keywords: Hernia, abdominal wall, bibliometric, citation

Cite this article as: Kulaçoğlu H, Celasin H. Most cited 100 articles from Turkey on abdominal wall hernias: a bibliometric study. Turk J Surg 2020; 36 (2): 180-191.


Ethics Committee Approval

Not relevant.

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Consept – H.K.; Design – H.K; Supervision – H.K.; Data Collection and/or Processing – H.K., H.C.; Analysis and Interpretation – H.K.; Literature Search – H.C.; Writing Manuscript – H.K.; Critical Reviews – H.K., H.C.

Conflict of Interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.