A scientometric analysis of the publications and of the information flow on all phosphides shows that: the bulk of the publications on semiconducting phosphides relates to gallium phosphide. For non-semiconducting phosphides, most of the articles are connected with phosphides of transition metals. The bulk of the studies feature crystal structure, phase equilibria, diagrams of state and electrophysical and magnetic properties. Most of the articles on phosphides are published in English (53,4%) and in Russian (24.4%). There is a tendency for research to be carried out by groups of researchers of two, three, four or more persons. The present sceintometric analysis helps establish the trend of investigations on phosphides.