The most cited works in tourette syndrome

Neethu Mariam, Andrea Eugenio Cavanna*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The impact of scientific articles is proportional to the citations they have received. In this study, the most cited works ("citation classics") related to Tourette syndrome (TS) were identified as articles with more than 100 citations according to the Web of Science. We retrieved 89 highly cited articles, which were published in 26 journals: 54 clinical studies, 27 laboratory studies, 7 reviews, and 1 classification article. Clinical studies consisted of phenomenologic evaluations of TS and comorbid behavioral problems (n = 22) and studies on pharmacotherapy (n = 16) and clinical genetics (n = 13), whereas laboratory studies covered basic genetics, cellular and molecular biology (n = 11), and neurobiology (neuroimaging, neuropathology, and neurophysiology) (n = 16). The majority (58%) of citation classics were published after 1990, when laboratory studies (especially neuroimaging, immunologic, and genetic studies) became widely cited. These articles are able to reach the highest numbers of citations in a short time span and suggest potential directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1250-1259
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of child neurology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful to Tourettes Action UK and Tourette Syndrome Association USA for their continuing support. NM was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Andrea E. Cavanna was funded by BSMHFT and University of Birmingham; Neethu Mariam was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Copyright 2013 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • bibliometrics
  • citation
  • classics
  • impact
  • Tourette syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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