Trends in Aflatoxin M1 Global Research: A Bibliometric Analysis Study

Altun S. K., Aydemir M. E., ALKAN S.

Iranian Journal of Public Health, vol.53, no.1, pp.175-186, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Journal Name: Iranian Journal of Public Health
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.175-186
  • Keywords: Aflatoxin M1, Bibliometric, Milk, Publications, VOSviewer software
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Fungal metabolites known as aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) are linked to contaminated milk and milk products. Consuming food contaminated with AFM1 poses major health risks and may even be fatal. Methods: The retrieved publications were categorized in this bibliometric study using the Web of Science (WoS) database Jan 1, 1970 to Nov 30, 2022 based on a variety of factors, including the time of publication of articles, citation totals, languages, research areas, countries, affiliations, funding agencies, journals, and keywords analysis to identify any hot and developing subjects. Additionally, VOSviewer software version 1.6.18 provided the bibliometric analysis of the global collaboration network and hot research themes. Results: Overall, 679 published documents were detected. Food Control was the top-line journal in publications on AFM1 research with 540 published articles, while the USA was the best productive country in AFM1 publications as well as the major country with the maximum co-authorship collaboration. This study ensures quantitative and qualitative analyses of the top 25 journals, most cited published articles, most relevant authors and title word occurrences in published documents on AFM1 publications. Over the past two decades, there has been an enormous rise for research conducted on global AFM1. Conclusion: The assessment of the historical state and development trend in AFM1 scientific research can serve as a roadmap for future research and eventually, serve as a foundation for bettering management practices for territorial decisions, healthcare, and dairy industries.