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  • The 100 Most Influential Publications in Scoliosis Surgery

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    Nitin Agarwal MD; James Zhou BS; Michael Koltz MD; Zachary J Tempel MD; Adam S. Kanter MD; David O. Okonkwo MD, PhD; D. Kojo Hamilton MD

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    Meeting: Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2016 Annual Meeting

    Introduction: Previous studies have applied the technique of citation analysis to other areas of study. This is the first paper to apply this technique to the field of scoliosis surgery.

    Methods: A two-step search of the Thomson Reuters Web of Science was conducted to identify all articles relevant to the field of scoliosis surgery. The top 100 articles with the most citations were identified based on analysis of titles and abstracts. Further statistical analysis was conducted to determine whether measures of author reputation and overall publication influence affected the rate at which publications were recognized and incorporated by other researchers in the field.

    Results: Total citations for the final 100 publications included in the list ranged from 82 to 509. The time period for publication ranged from 1954 to 2010. Most studies were published in the journal Spine (n = 63). The most frequently published topics of study were surgical techniques (n = 35) and outcomes (n = 35). Measures of author reputation (number of total studies in the top 100, number of first-author studies in the top 100) were found to have no effect on the rate at which studies were adopted by other researchers (number of years until first citation, number of years until maximum citations). The number of citations/year a publication received was found to be negatively correlated with the rate at which it was adopted by other researchers, indicating that more influential manuscripts attained more rapid recognition by the scientific community at large.

    Conclusions: In assembling this publication, we have strived to identify and recognize the 100 most influential articles in scoliosis surgery research from 1900 to 2015.

    Patient Care: By assembling the 100 most influential articles in scoliosis surgery, we can improve dissemination and accessibility of the literature.

    Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: 1) Describe the importance of scoilosis surgery, 2) Discuss, in small groups, the most influential papers for deformity surgery, 3) Identify an effective treatment for scoliosis.

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