Mapping the scientific research on maize or corn: a bibliometric analysis of top papers during 2008–2018


Based on the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database, this study analyzed 966 top papers of maize and corn research from 2008 to 2018, which include 964 highly cited papers and 15 hot papers in the field. Results showed that all papers written in English, were from 4,353 authors, 1,287 organizations and 84 countries/territories, listed in 290 core journals. Top 5 core journals with higher impact factor ranked as Plant Physiology, PNAS, Plant Cell, Food Chemistry and Bioresource Technology. Top six countries and regions were USA, Peoples R China, Germany, France, Australia, England. Top 5 organizations were Cornell Univ, Chinese Acad Sci, Univ Minnesota, Iowa State Univ, Univ Wisconsin. Based on the analysis of network map of VOSviewer, was highlighted cooperation for authors, organizations and countries or regions. The analysis of all keywords showed that maize or corn research was separated six clusters. In addition, this study demonstrates that there are more top papers come from journals with the higher IF and higher rank in WoS Category. So, authors can choose their ideal journal with a high impact factor or Q1 in Category to publish their papers in the English language related to their research field.


Bibliometric analysis; Essential Science Indicators (ESI); Maize; Corn; Top papers; VOSviewer.

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Maydica - A journal devoted to maize and allied species

ISSN: 2279-8013