The 100 Most Influential Publications on Medulloblastoma: Areas of Past, Current, and Future Focus.

Affiliation

Brown NJ(1), Wilson B(2), Shahrestani S(3), Choi EH(4), Lien BV(5), Paladugu A(5), Tran K(6), Ransom SC(7), Tafreshi AR(8), Ransom RC(9), Sahyouni R(10), Chan AY(5), Yang I(2).
Author information:
(1)Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, Irvine, Orange, California, USA. Electronic address: [Email]
(2)Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
(3)Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA; Department of Medical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA.
(4)School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, California, USA.
(5)Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, Irvine, Orange, California, USA.
(6)Department of Neuroscience, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
(7)College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.
(8)Department of Neurological Surgery, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania, USA.
(9)Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.
(10)Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This article is the first to identify the most influential articles on medulloblastoma using the citation analysis methodology. OBJECTIVE: To perform a bibliometric analysis of the 100 most-cited articles on medulloblastoma. METHODS: Using the Web of Science database, search criteria included the title-specific keyword "medulloblastoma" OR "cerebellar primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET)" OR "cerebellar PNET." Publications from 1900 to 2020 labeled "article," "review," "data set," or "clinical trial" were chosen and ranked based on total number of citations in descending order. Each article was evaluated based on the following variables: total citations, average citations per year, first author, institution of first author, title, publication year, country of origin, SCImago Journal Rank, and Scopus SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). RESULTS: Our search yielded 4928 articles on medulloblastoma. The 100 most-cited articles ranged from 192 to 2017 across 42 unique journals; Journal of Clinical Oncology accounted for the most publications (16%). Paul A. Northcott was first author of the most articles on the list (n = 7.7%), and the most widely cited article was "Altered neural cell fates and medulloblastoma in mouse patched mutants" by Goodrich et al., published in Science (1997). CONCLUSIONS: Because medulloblastoma represents the most common form of pediatric cancerous brain tumor, it is important to identify works that have significantly contributed to the body of knowledge regarding this disease. The 100 most-cited medulloblastoma articles comprise a significant collection of data regarding the histopathologic and molecular classification of medulloblastoma as well as clinical outcomes of therapeutics used to treat this disease.