Background and aim: Nursing is one of the most important fields of medical sciences, and its development has a great impact on health care. Since one of the indicators of the development of a field or profession is the scientific studies, the aim of this study was to evaluate the scientific studies focusing on the concept of leadership in nursing.
Materials and methods: The study was conducted using a mapping method, and the scientometric analysis was performed using 1098 articles from the Web of Science (WoS) between 2000 and 2020. The existing conceptual structure and patterns in the field of leadership research as well as the interpretation of the relationship between the keywords used in the research papers were extracted and analyzed using VOSviewer.
Findings: Analysis of the data indicated that the number of articles in leadership showed an increasing trend from 2000 to 2020, indicating researchers' interest in leadership in nursing. The most frequency cited journals were from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, as well as from the Universities of London, Michigan, Harvard, Washington, and King's College London, respectively. The most international collaborations in publishing high-quality articles were in the United States, China, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In the treasury of keywords appearing in the titles and abstracts of the articles related to leadership, through the review of the data obtained from the scientometric mapping, it was possible to find that the words related to the concept of leadership, the words "nursing leadership, leadership, nursing, transformational leadership, authentic leadership, care Health, nurses, qualitative research, job satisfaction, hospital, education, management, participation" were the most used.
Conclusion: Based on the data presented, it can be concluded that, first, attention to the concept of leadership in nursing has increased over time. Second, the concept of leadership is more closely related to mental concepts, which highlights the need to pay attention to mental and linguistic concepts and approaches in leadership research.