07 July 2023
Blog: Celebrating the most-cited JHI papers
The Journal of Hospital Infection achieved an impact factor this year of 6.9. In this blog, we celebrate the papers which have been most cited by researchers in recent years, contributing towards the impact factor and reflecting the international impact of the JHI.
The degree to which a paper is cited is one indication of the way in which the scientific community have engaged with the work, and what is most influencing the direction of study. With that in mind, what has been of most interest to readers of the JHI in the past few years?

COVID-19 has dominated the pages of the JHI since 2020

Unsurprisingly, against the backdrop of a global pandemic which received headlines for its potential to spread in hospitals, care homes and other healthcare facilities, the most-cited work in the Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI) recently has focused on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2.

Early papers aimed to help us understand how to tackle the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 to our healthcare systems: Zhang et al. surveyed Chinese healthcare workers in early 2020 to ascertain their levels of understanding and their attitudes towards the novel coronavirus, whilst Kampf et al. presented a review of previously known coronaviruses, their persistence on various surfaces and the efficacy of various biocidal agents against these organisms.

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An international journal for infection prevention and control

The international reach of the JHI is apparent in the short collection presented in this blog.

The journal published papers from across the globe, and facilitated learning in the international scientific community from experiences in healthcare systems worldwide. The papers presented here range from work on COVID-19 vaccination strategies for healthcare workers in France (Gagneux-Brunon et al.), how and why healthcare workers become infected with COVID-19 in China (Wang et al.) and the attitudes and understanding of healthcare workers in Pakistan (Saqlain et al.) and Iran (Barati et al.) towards COVID-19.

Moving past the peak of the pandemic

As the pandemic progressed, a more detailed understanding of SARS-CoV-2 developed. Tang et al. myth-busted beliefs about thetransmission of the virus, and Chan et al. assessed factors affecting its infectivity.

Chong an Neu highlighted the importance of fungal diagnostics due to a high incidence and  poorer outcomes in patients with with COVID-19-associated pulmonary aspergillosis (Chong and Neu),  whilst Galanis et al., showed a high seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, amongst healthcare workers prior to vaccination, highlighting  the importance of IPC measures and PPE in protecting healthcare workers in future respiratory viral pandemics (Galanis et al.).

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JHI top-cited papers


Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents

G Kampf, D Todt, S Pfaender, E Steinmann E

Journal of Hospital Infection 104:3, 246-251, March 2020



Intention to get vaccinations against COVID-19 in French healthcare workers during the first pandemic wave: a cross-sectional survey

A Gagneux-Brunon, M Detoc, S Bruel, B Tardy, O Rozaire, P Frappe, E Botelho-Nevers

 Journal of Hospital Infection 108;168-173, February 2021



Knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding COVID-19 among healthcare workers in Henan, China

M Zhang, M Zhou, F Tang, Y Wang, H Nie, L Zhang, G You

Journal of Hospital Infection 105:2, 183-187, June 2020



Dismantling myths on the airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2)    

JW Tang, WP Bahnfleth, PM Bluyssen, G Buonanno, JL Jimenez, J Kurnitski, Y Li, S Miller, C Sekhar, L Morawska, LC Marr, AK Melikov, WW Nazaroff, PV Nielsen, R Tellier, P Wargocki, SJ Dancer

Journal of Hospital Infection 110, 89-96, April 2021



Knowledge, attitude, practice and perceived barriers among healthcare workers regarding COVID-19: a cross-sectional survey from Pakistan

M Saqlain, MM Munir, SU Rehman, A Gulzar, S Naz, Z Ahmed, AH Tahir, M Mashhood

Journal of Hospital Infection 105:3, 419-423, July 2020



Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and associated factors in healthcare workers: a systematic review and meta-analysis

P Galanis, I Vraka, D Fragkou, A Bilali, D Kaitelidou

Journal of Hospital Infection 108, 120-134, February 2021



Reasons for healthcare workers becoming infected with novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China

J Wang, M Zhou, F Liu

Journal of Hospital Infection 105:1, 100-101, May 2020



Factors associated with preventive behaviours of COVID-19 among hospital staff in Iran in 2020: an application of the Protection Motivation Theory

M Barati, S Bashirian, E Jenabi, S Khazaei, A Karimi-Shahanjarini, S Zareian, F Rezapur-Shahkolai, B Moeini

Journal of Hospital Infection 105:3, 430-433, July 2020



Factors affecting stability and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2           

K-H Chan, S Sridhar, RR Zhang, H Chu, AY-F Fung, G Chan, JF-W Chan, KK-W To, IF-N Hung, VC-C Cheng, K-Y Yuen

Journal of Hospital Infection 106:2, 226-231, October 2020



Incidence, diagnosis and outcomes of COVID-19-associated pulmonary aspergillosis (CAPA): a systematic review         

WH Chong, KP Neu

Journal of Hospital Infection 113, 115-129, July 2021


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