Rising Quantitative Productivity and Shifting Readership in Academic Publishing: Bibliometric Insights from Monkeypox Literature

Nityanand Jain (Coresponding Author), Andrei Tanasov, Swarali Yatin Chodnekar, Akvile Rakauskaite, Edouard Lansiaux, Sandra Skuja, Aigars Reinis

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The sudden international spread of the monkeypox virus has been accompanied by an increase in the scientific interest in the virus. More than 1,400 PubMed-indexed documents have been authored by about 5,800 unique authors, averaging around 120 publications per month. This sheer rise in the number led us to explore the type of content published in the literature. We discovered more than 30% of the documents are Quantitative Productivity (QP) i.e. papers that illustrate the emerging trends of parachute concerns, modified salami tactics, cyclic recycling, and excellence in redundancy. In addition, we found few common hyper-prolific authors previously identified in the COVID-19 literature. Further, we share our experience in publishing monkeypox literature and highlight the growing readership and citation interest in editorials, commentaries, correspondences, and similar editorial documents that were thought to be uncitable in the medical literature. As long as the scientific community and public demand, the supply of such papers will continue, with no responsibility on the authors, journals or the reader. Since overhauling the current system is an arduous task, we propose the optimization of existing retrieving services that would selectively filter documents based on article type (which also requires standardization of definitions) to dilute the crowding out effects of quantitative productivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalAccountability in Research
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Apr 2023


  • Bibliometrics
  • citations
  • literatrue
  • monkeypox
  • Mpox
  • publications
  • references

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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