Mapping of Autism Spectrum Disorders Research: A Bibliometric Analysis of Highly Cited Research Output

  • Akhtar Hussain National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Shakil Ahmad Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
  • Amrita Sahay National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Ziaul Hassan IIMT University, Meerut
  • Nishat Fatima Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, ASD, Bibliometric, Research output, Citation Analysis


The main purpose of the study was to the mapping of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) research a bibliometric analysis of highly cited research output from 2009–2019. ASDs are common lifelong neurodevelopment conditions characterized by qualitative impairments in social communication and interaction, involvement in rituals and routines, and hypo-sensory or hyper-sensory sensitivities. In the present study, we attempt to analyze 707 articles on ASD, indexed in the Web of Science database during 2009-2019. The study finds out that while the USA takes top position with its contribution to ASD. The King's College London, the publication number of which is 62, ranked first. Geschwind DH was the most productive author, with h_index 27, g_index 30, m-index 2.25 of total publications published in 2009. The highest impact factor journal was Nature, that is, IF43.070. The most popular (since 2013) paper was published by Hsiao EY in the field of microbiota regulation of behavior and physiological disturbances linked to neurodevelopmental disorders. The analysis was carried out a total of 707 articles related to ASDs were written by 8864 authors. Article (441) was the most frequent form of publication. The most frequent documents, such as Article, the web of Science Core Collection of the total citation were 108541. The study found that while the United States took the top position with its contribution.


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Hussain, A., Ahmad, S., Sahay, A., Bakhshi, Z. H., & Fatima, N. (2020). Mapping of Autism Spectrum Disorders Research: A Bibliometric Analysis of Highly Cited Research Output. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS, BUSINESS AND HUMAN BEHAVIOUR, 1(3), 71-83. Retrieved from
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