In this study, the purpose was to analyze the articles published in journals indexed in the SSCI, SCI-Expanded, and A&HCI indexes in the Web of Science (WoS) database on differential item functioning (DIF) using a bibliometric analysis approach. To this end, a total of 2167 articles were analyzed. The data of the study were accessed through the WoS database. In the analysis of the data, VOSviewer software was used. Within this context, the trends of publications related to the research topic over the years, the most productive and influential researchers, institutions, and countries were evaluated within a general framework. In this study, the highest number of publications was found to be in the Health Care Sciences Services category. The number of publications reached the highest number in 2019 and 2021. Northwestern University came to the fore as the most influential institution on the research topic. In terms of citation count, the most influential countries were found to be “USA”, “UK” and “Australia” respectively. As a result of keyword analysis, the terms “differential item functioning”, “Rasch analysis” and “item response theory” were found to be the most recurring words.
Differential item functioning, bibliometric analysis, VOSviewer