Physical Activity and Aging Research: A Bibliometric Analysis
Ansari, and Khoo are with the Sports Centre, University of Malaya,
Kuala Lumpur. Ale Ebrahim is with the Research Support Unit, Centre for
Research Services, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
activity and aging research has burgeoned in the past few decades.
However, despite the increase in scholarly publications, no attempts
have been made to summarize the publication landscape and identify work
that has had great impact on physical activity and aging research. We
conducted a bibliometric analysis and collected publication data from
1980 to February 6, 2015, in the Web of Science Core Collection. Of
9,935 publications, most were published after 2007 and almost 60% were
in the category of geriatrics and gerontology or sport sciences. Highly
cited publications (n = 45) were mostly authored by researchers
from US institutions and were quantitative in nature. Publications that
reported on the associations between physical activity and health, or
effects of physical activity on health, in older adults made up 60% of
the highly cited publications. We expect more scholars from various
backgrounds and geographical regions to join the conversation on
physical activity and aging.
Physical Activity and Aging Research: A Bibliometric Analysis: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity: Vol 24, No 3