Main Article Content


Physical activity has captured considerable interest from international academic scholars due to its fundamental role in maintaining optimal health. Thus, this study sought to examine the scholarly articles on school-based physical activity, employing a comprehensive bibliometric analysis extracted from the Scopus database spanning 2013 to 2023. A filtering protocol was utilized to guide the selection of articles, and analyses were facilitated solely by Python programming. This research yielded extensive insights encompassing document type, publication rates, citation rates, prevalent keywords, and geographic distribution. The results revealed the prominence of "Articles" as the primary document category. Notably, the year 2020 was observed as the highest publication count, with 2014 being the peak year for citation rates. However, both publication and citation patterns exhibited substantial fluctuations. These analyses collectively identify the United States as the largest contributor among the top ten countries, accompanied by substantial contributions from European nations. The analysis of the top 50 most-cited journal articles indicates a prevalence of articles authored by one to five individuals, with a peak in publications during 2014, followed by a gradual decline. Notably, the keyword "children" prominently emerges across the datasets, underscoring its frequent utilization in the context of school-based physical activity research.

Article Details

How to Cite
Dofredo, K. H., Pinlac, J. T., Pineda, K. R., Gatus, L. L., Briñas, N. N. N., Miranda, J. P. P., & Tolentino, J. C. G. (2023). A Comprehensive Bibliometric Analysis of School-Based Physical Activity Research . International Journal of Multidisciplinary: Applied Business and Education Research, 4(10), 3736-3765.


Abramo, G., & D’Angelo, C. A. (2015). The relationship between the number of authors of a publication, its citations and the impact factor of the publishing journal: Evidence from Italy. Journal of Informetrics, 9(4), 746–761.
Alajmi, B., & Alhaji, T. (2018). Mapping the field of knowledge management: Bibliometric and content analysis of journal of information & knowledge management for the period from 2002–2016. Journal of Information & Knowledge Management. https://doi:10.1142/s0219649218500272.
Alvarez-Bueno, C., Pesce, C., Cavero-Redondo, I., Sánchez-López, M., Garrido-Miguel, M., & Martínez-Vizcaíno, V. (2017). Academic achievement and physical activity: A meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 140(6).
American Heart Association (2014). The AHA’s recommendations for physical activity in children. Dallas, TX: American Heart Association.
An, R., Shen, J., Yang, Q., & Yang, Y. (2019). Impact of built environment on physical activity and obesity among children and adolescents in China: A narrative systematic review. Journal of sport and health science, 8(2), 153-169.
Aria, M., & Cuccurullo, C. (2017). Bibliometrix: An r-tool for comprehensive science mapping analysis. J Informet, 11 (4): 959–975.
Baas, J., Schotten, M., Plume, A., Côté, G., & Karimi, R. (2020). Scopus as a curated, high-quality bibliometric data source for academic research in quantitative science studies. Quantitative Science Studies, 1(1), 377–386.
Babvey, P., Capela, F., Cappa, C., Lipizzi, C., Petrowski, N., & Ramirez-Marquez, J. (2021). Using social media data for assessing children’s exposure to violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Child Abuse & Neglect, 116.
Bates, L. C., Zieff, G., Stanford, K., Moore, J. B., Kerr, Z. Y., Hanson, E. D., Barone Gibbs, B., Kline, C. E., & Stoner, L. (2020). COVID-19 impact on behaviors across the 24-hour day in children and adolescents: Physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep. Children (Basel, Switzerland), 7(9), 138.
Beni, S., Fletcher, T., & Chroinin, N. (2017). Meaningful experiences in physical education and youth sport: A review of the literature. Quest, 69 (3), 291-312.
Berkvens, P. (2012). Scopus custom data documentation. Elsevier.
Biddle, S. J., Ciaccioni, S., Thomas, G., & Vergeer, I. (2019). Physical activity and mental health in children and adolescents: An updated review of reviews and an analysis of causality. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 42, 146-155.
Björk, B., C., Welling, P., Laakso, M., Majlender, P., Hedlund, T., & Guðnason, G. (2010). Open access to the scientific journal literature: Situation 2009. Public Library of Science, 5(6), e11273.
Bornmann, L. (2014). How are excellent (highly cited) papers defined in bibliometrics? A quantitative analysis of the literature. Research Evaluation, 23(2), 166–173.
Brusseau, T. A., Hannon, J., & Burns, R. (2016). The effect of a comprehensive school physical activity program on physical activity and health-related fitness in children from low-income families. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 13(8), 888–894.
Bueno, M. R. D. O., Zambrin, L. F., Panchoni, C., Werneck, A. O., Fernandes, R. A., Serassuelo Jr, H., & Ronque, E. R. V. (2021). Association between device-measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and academic performance in adolescents. Health Education & Behavior, 48(1), 54-62.
Burnet, K., Kelsch, E., Zieff, G., Moore, J. B., & Stoner, L. (2019). How fitting is F.I.T.T.?: A perspective on a transition from the sole use of frequency, intensity, time, and type in exercise