Document Type: Review Article


1 College of Pharmacy, Yonsei University, Incheon, Republic of Korea

2 College of Pharmacy, Gachon University, Incheon, Republic of Korea


Cordyceps Sinensis, known as winter worm and summer grass. This review summarized the overview of C. sinensis; chemical constituents and its biological studies. Further the bibliometric analysis performed which will help to broaden the knowledge and understanding of its research, topics, and growing trends. The search term “Cordyceps sinensis” was typed in google scholar and the appeared articles (total 1,134 articles) are selected, having citations more than 100 are 40 articles. Further evaluated according to the journal, year of publication, manuscript type, and first author. To make it more comprehensive the articles having more than 10 citations in the year 2017-18, at least 1 citation in 2019, and all articles of the year 2020 were also presented separately. The average number of citations among the top 40 manuscripts was 189, ranging from the highest 636 to lowest is 102 citations. The maximum number of articles in the top 40 were published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin (n=5) and Life sciences (n=5), followed by the Phytomedicine (n=3). The highest cited paper is by Zhu JS, “the scientific rediscovery of an ancient Chinese herbal medicine: Cordyceps sinensis Part I”, published in 1998 with total citation 636. The most prevalent theme in the title is a polysaccharide (n=13) followed by antioxidant (n =4). Most of the research is performed by Chinese researchers. This bibliometric analysis identified the most influential articles in the field of C. sinensis research and discussed the overview on it.

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