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Chen Fang Hsu
Tsair Wei Chien
Julie Chi Chow
Willy Chou corresponding author


Background: Health behavior(HB) is an action taken by a person who pursues good health and prevents illness. Health behavior, thus, reflects a person's health beliefs and attracts, particularly, on published papers in academics. However, who is the most influential author(MIA) with highly-cited papers on HB remains unknown.
Objective: The purpose of this study is to apply the authorship-weighted scheme (AWS) developed by authors to select the MIA on HB using the visual displays on Google Maps.
Methods: We obtained 1,116 abstracts published between 2012 and 2016 from Medline based on the keywords of (health[Title]) and (behavior[Title] or behavior [Title]) on September 22, 2018. The author names, countries/areas, and Pubmed paper IDs were recorded. The AWS was applied to (1)select the most productive authors(MPA) using social network analysis(SNA); (2) discover the MIA using h-indexes and author impact factors(AIF) dispersed on Google Maps, and (3)display the countries/areas distributed for the x-index in geography. Pajek software was performed to determine the partition categories of clusters.
Results: We found that the MPA and MIA are Matthew K Nock(US) and Erika A Waters(US) for the MPA and MIA, respectively. All visual representations that are the form of a dashboard can be easily displayed on Google Maps. The most influential countries are the US(=19.03) and Australia(=6.46) with the highest x-indexes. Readers are suggested to manipulate them on their own on Google Maps.  
Conclusion: Many individual researchers’ achievements (IRA) were determined using h-index, AIF, x-index, or other bibliometric indices without quantifying author contributions. We demonstrated visualized representations on Google Maps using the AWS developed by authors to measure authors’ influences in a specific discipline. The research approach using the AWS to quantify the authors’ contributions can be applied to measure IRA in the future.

authorship-weighted scheme, most productive author, most influential author, Google Maps, social network analysis, health behavior

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Hsu, C. F., Chien, T. W., Chow, J. C., & Chou, W. (2018). The most highly-cited authors who published papers on the topic of health behavior: A Bibliometric Analysis. Advances in Health and Behavior, 1(1), 24-29.


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