Background. Emergency medicine in China has undergone tremendous growth. This study was conducted to evaluate the Chinese scientific output on emergency medicine in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) in the Web of Science during the period of 2000–2013.

Methods. A bibliometric analysis was applied in this study. Articles published by China in SCIE emergency medicine journals were included. They were analyzed in terms of publication outputs, document type, language of publication, journals, countries/territories, institutions, and collaboration patterns. Distributions of article titles and keywords were also studied to reveal research focuses and trends.

Results. During the period, a total of 1043 articles from China were published in SCIE emergency medicine journals. Seven documents types were found, and the journal article was the most frequently used. All articles were written in English. The Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine is the most productive journal. The most productive institutes were Prince Wales Hospital, followed by Tuen Mun Hospital, Chinese University Hong Kong; USA dominated the collaborative countries. The ‘‘injury/injuries’’, ‘‘trauma’’, “acute”, “rat/rats”, “arrest”, ‘‘emergency’’, and ‘‘cardiopulmonary’’, ‘‘resuscitation’’ were the hot spots of emergency medicine research in China.

Conclusion. The results map emergency medicine (EM) development and research trends in China, and potentially guide Chinese EM physicians in evaluating and orienting their research.

Key words: emergency medicine, china, bibliometric, science citation index expanded, research

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