A Review of the Scientific Contributions of Nepal on COVID-19

Rupesh Raut, Ranjit Sah, Kritika Dixit, Alfonso J. Rodriguez-Morales, Zenteno Marco, Kuldeep Dhama, Yashpal Singh Malik, Ruchi Tiwari, D. Katterine Bonilla-Aldana, Angel Lee

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Purpose of Review: There has been a high influx of publications on the SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 worldwide in the recent few months as very little was known about them. Nepal too had a substantial number of publications on the same, and there was a need to track the most relevant and impactful to the scientific community through bibliometric analysis. Recent Findings: A total of 72 publications were analyzed. Bagmati Pradesh (88%) and its district, Kathmandu (77%), was with the most publications. There were no publications from Gandaki and Karnali Province. Most of the publications were in the international medical journals (82%), 53% chose European journals to publish, and 15.27% were related to and published in psychology journals. The majority were original articles (39%) and mostly related to public health (20.83%). 59.7% of the papers had Nepalese as the first author. Most of them were affiliated with Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital and Patan Academy of Health Sciences. Summary: Our analysis suggests a need to shift the type of studies from observational studies to studies oriented more towards the therapeutic and clinical trials of available medicines and patient care management. Similarly, the bibliometric analysis gives an overall picture of Nepali medical research’s publication status around the globe.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)257-264
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Tropical Medicine Reports
Issue number4
StateIndexed - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Bibliometrics
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Pandemic
  • SARS-CoV-2


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