Insights on the Impact of Covid-19 Papers Written by Affiliates of Romanian Universities with Medicine Specialization

Lecturer PhD Andreea MIRICĂ (
Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Assistant Lecturer, PhD Ionela-Roxana PETCU (
Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Associate Professor, PhD Traian-Ovidiu CALOTĂ (
Titu Maiorescu University, Faculty of Finances, Banks, Accounting and Busineess Administration, Bucharest, Romania
PhD. Candidate Roxana-Violeta PARTAS-CIOLAN (
Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
PhD. Candidate Liliana CATRINA (
Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania


Due to its impact on all human activity, the new virus has therefore aroused increased interest in research. A large number of medical papers related to COVID-19 have been published as a result of the scientific community response to this emerging infectious disease. All measures that combat the spread of the disease came at a cost and the people had to add one more hardship which contributed to the rise in social inequality. Moreover, the costs for internet access, proper equipment to support online education, private healthcare, facemasks, and disinfectants have become a burden for a segment of Romanian society.
In this study, 18 Romanian universities a Medicine bachelor specialisation, both public and private, were analysed to determine the dataset query from Web of Science. Our research aimed to assess the impact of COVID-19 papers written by authors affiliated with Romanian universities with a medicine specialisation, which are the factors that influence the likelihood of a paper being cited and how the number of citations varies by university type.
The obtained results reveal that University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” from Bucharest records the highest number of published papers, while “APOLLONIA” University of Iași has the highest number of citations in both WOS Core Collection and in all WOS Databases per research. Furthermore, there is a significant difference in the number of citations between papers with and without a PUB MED ID. Logistic models show that neither the type of university nor the property type of the university (public or private) are determinants of the likelihood of an article being cited in the WOS core collection or in all WOS databases. As a consequence, a research paper with PUB MED ID and a higher number of pages, has a higher chance to be cited.

Keywords: Romania, research assessment measures, bibliometric, COVID-19, research productivity
JEL Classification: I200, I230

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Romanian Statistical Review 3/2022