This work was partially presented at the Congress of the Continental European Division of the IADR in Thessaloniki, Greece, 26–29 September 2007.Aims: To provide a snapshot of the scientific literature on orofacial pain. Methods: The authors identified 975 papers related to orofacial pain in the Current Contents Life Sciences and Clinical Medicine collections of the Thomson Scientific database that were published during 2004 and 2005 and analyzed them using bibliometric indicators. Results: Among the 54 countries involved, the United States ranks first by number of papers (293), followed by Japan (107), and the United Kingdom (90). The high volume of research activity in some Northern European countries is highlighted, along with that of the European Union (384 papers). The scientific literature on orofacial pain was published in 247 journals; 13 of the top 15 most prolific journals for articles on orofacial pain were found in the Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Medicine subdiscipline of Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, and the Journal of Orofacial Pain was the highest ranked for such articles. Conclusion: This study complements subject reviews of orofacial pain research and provides a more complete picture of the research activity in this field. J Orofac Pain 2008;22:181–189.
Key words: bibliometrics, journals, orofacial pain, scientific literature