This study objective was to investigate publication trends on personality disorders (PD) and to identify patterns of historical development. Publication rates were determined using the Results by Year Timeline feature of PubMed. Time series autoregressive integrated moving average models were used to analyse the publication rates for PDs in quinquennial periods beginning in 1980 and ending in 2019 and to predict the number of publications in the 2024–2029 period. More than 300 articles on antisocial and borderline PD are being published each year, and the models suggest an accelerating growth rate. Approximately 100 articles are being published on average every year on schizotypal PD, and the regression model indicates linear growth in the near future. The mean number of publications per year for obsessive–compulsive, narcissistic and avoidant PDs is in the range of 10–30 with the corresponding models indicating linear growth. Fewer than 10 articles are being published each year on dependent, paranoid, histrionic and schizoid PD, whereas dependent PD shows modest growth and paranoid PD rates tended to stability, histrionic and schizoid PD exhibit declining rates. Personality disorders are a group of conditions with diverse etiological, prognostic, therapeutic, legal, research, social and cultural implications that influence publication rates.