An evaluation of scientific papers on halophytes was conducted on 447 articles indexed by the Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD) and 3329 articles indexed by the VIP, WANFANG and CNKI. Articles were reviewed and evaluated according to year produced, research institution, authors, source journal, subject category, number of citations, and keywords based on bibliometrics. Research focus, regions, content, technology, method, talents, main scientific research institution and teams were summarized and analyzed, and research progress of halophytes was described. Our results indicate that starting from 1956, most articles were published in 2007 (340 articles). However, according to CSCD (starting from 1991) most articles were published in 2011. Overall, the number of articles published increased year by year. Four main research teams focus on halophytes in China These are located in Shandong Normal University, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Agricultural University and Nanjing University. Active regions of China for halophyte research include Xinjiang, Shandong, Beijing, Nanjing, the northeast, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Lanzhou. Research focuses on salt tolerance and its mechanism, salt stress, salinealkali soils, gene cloning, soil salinity, plant growth, resource development and utilization, osmotic adjustment, physiological index, seed germination, proline, genetic engineering (genetic expression) and phytocoenosium.