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Table 5 Ten most-cited original and review articles on aromatherapy published between 1995 and 2014 (N = 549)

From: A bibliometric analysis of two decades of aromatherapy research

Rank First author (no. of total authors) Title Journal (impact factora) Year of publication Global citation score Global citation score per year No. of Google Scholar citations
1 Thomas KJ (3) Use and expenditure on complementary medicine in England: a population based survey Complementary Therapies in Medicine (1.545) 2001 357 25.5 677
2 Edris AE (1) Pharmaceutical and therapeutic potentials of essential oils and their individual volatile constituents: a review Phytotherapy Research (2.660) 2007 278 34.8 493
3 Kronenberg F (2) Complementary and alternative medicine for menopausal symptoms: a review of randomized, controlled trials Annals of Internal Medicine (17.810) 2002 270 20.8 556
4 MacLennan AH (3) The escalating cost and prevalence of alternative medicine Preventive Medicine (3.086) 2002 224 17.2 467
5 Lorenz KA (14) Evidence for improving palliative care at the end of life: a systematic review Annals of Internal Medicine (17.810) 2008 214 30.6 418
6 Ernst E (2) The BBC survey of complementary medicine use in the UK Complementary Therapies in Medicine (1.545) 2000 210 14.0 460
7 Cavanagh HMA (2) Biological activities of lavender essential oil Phytotherapy Research (2.660) 2002 156 12.0 335
8 DeGroot AC (2) Adverse reactions to fragrances—a clinical review Contact Dermatitis (3.747) 1997 149 8.3 14
9 Ballard CG (4) Aromatherapy as a safe and effective treatment for the management of agitation in severe dementia: the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with Melissa Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (5.498) 2002 113 8.7 411
10 Ballard CG (7) Management of agitation and aggression associated with Alzheimer disease Nature Reviews Neurology (15.358) 2009 108 18.0 181
  1. Global citation score = citation frequency based on the full Web of Science count at the time the data was downloaded
  2. Global citation score per year = global citation score/(2015 – the year of publication)
  3. The number of Google Scholar citations was obtained from https://scholar.google.com/scholar
  4. aImpact factors were obtained from the 2015 release of Journal Citation Reports Science Editon with 2014 data