Authorship patterns and collaborative research in the Journal of Biofuels, 2010-2016.

Author:Thavamani, Kotti
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Introduction

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Bibliometrics, is statistical analysis of written publications, such as books or articles. Bibliometric methods are frequently used in the field of library and information science, including scientometrics. For instance, bibliometrics are used to provide quantitative analysis of academic literature or for evaluating budgetary spending. Many research fields use bibliometric methods to explore the impact of their field, the impact of a set of researchers, or the impact of a particular paper.

The Journal of Biofuels is a peer-reviewed journal. It was launched in 2010. This journal aims to provide a snapshot of the latest research and advances in the field of biofuels. The journal addresses what is new, significant and practicable. Journal of Biofuels is published twice a year (January-June and July-December) by indianjournals.com, New Delhi. The Journal has both print and online versions. The journal publishes original research reports, review papers and communications screened by national and international researchers who are experts in their respective fields.

The original manuscripts that enhance the level of research and contribute new developments to the biofuel sector are encouraged. The work belonging to the fields of biosciences, biotechnology, chemical engineering, biofuel production, quality assurance & standards, automation and other related areas are invited. The journal is expected to help researchers, technologist and policy makers in the key sector of biofuels to enhance their understanding of it. This journal is Indexed/Abstracted with Index Copernicus (2015, ICV 84.13), NAAS Rating for 2017 - 3.73, Indian Science Abstract, Google Scholar, J-Gate. Agricola, EBSCO Discovery, Summon (Proquest) and Indian Citation Index.

Literature Review

Arya & Mishra, (2011) carried out an analysis of the literature on Bio-fuel, the periodic growth of literature, distribution of authorship, distribution of subject, bibliographical forms of literature, productivity ranking, and geographic origin of literature on the subject. Arya, (2012) studied authorship pattern and collaborative research trends are studied in the field of veterinary medicine based on the data collected from 'Indian Journal of Veterinary Medicine' published during the period 1999 - 2007. Ding., Foo, & Chowdhury, (1998) studied collaborative pattern of the Information Retrieval (IR) research field is analyzed using co-authored articles retrieved from Social Science Citation Index for a period of 11 years from 1987 to 1997. Goyal., Gupta & Kumar, (2013) studied Authorship trends and collaborative research are studied in the field of Chemical Sciences based on the data collected from Indian Journal of Chemistry Section-B (IJCB) published during the 20022011. Jeyshankar & Grace, (2016) analyzed the publishing pattern of ecology literature during 1964 - 2013. The Scopus database is used to retrieve the data in the field of Ecology in India and 1165 records were found during the study period.

Thavamani & Velmurugan, (2013) studied the publication trends of scholarly papers in Annals of Library and Information Studies published in New Delhi, India through a bibliometric analysis of 310 contributions in the journal during the year 2002-2012. Thavamani, (2013) identified the growth and authorship pattern of productivity of articles of source journal "DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology". It was observed from the study that the year 2008 was most participating year during the study period 2007 2011. Thavamani, (2014) analyzed the Malaysian Journal of Library and Information Science. A total of 279 research articles and 575 authors were examined by growth of contributions by year and volume, authorship patterns by year and volume, authorship patterns, author productivity, single and multi authored papers by year, authorship patterns by global, most prolific contributors and degree of collaboration. Thavamani, (2014) studied the authorship trend in the "Chinese Librarianship: an International Electronic Journal (CLIEJ)" during the period of 1996-2013. A total of 133 articles and 221 authors in the Journal were examined by year and volume to ascertain authorship patterns, author productivity, and degree of collaboration.

Thavamani, (2015) studied of Collaborative Librarianship (CL) during the period of 20092014. A total of 223 research contributions and 343 authors were examined by growth of contributions by year and volume, authorship patterns by year and volume, growth of authors by year, authorship patterns, author productivity, authorship patterns by global, most prolific contributors and degree of collaboration. Velmurugan & Radhakrishnan, (2016) conducted with 448 contributions published in the journal selected six years for a period between 2007 and 2012. Vimala & Reddy, (1996) traced authorship pattern and collaborative research in zoology with a sample of 19,323 journal citations figured in the theses on zoology accepted for the award of the doctoral degree by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India. Zafrunnisha & Reddy, (2009) studied the authorship pattern and collaborative research in the field of psychology.

Objectives

The objectives of the present study are as follows:

  1. To study research article contributions by year and issue

  2. To study authorship patterns by year and volume

  3. To study authorship patterns

  4. To study author productivity

  5. To identify most prolific authors

  6. To study ranking by author's affiliation

  7. To study collaborative authorship patterns among the various countries

  8. To study contributions by institution

  9. To study contribution by departments

  10. To study authorship by country and

  11. To identify degree of author collaboration

Methodology

The data was collected from the website (www.indianiournals.com) of the Journal of Biofuels. Fourteen (14) issues from seven (7) volumes from 2010 to 2016 have been selected for the study. Research article contributions by year and issue, authorship patterns by year and volume, authorship patterns, author productivity, most prolific contributors, ranking by authors, authorship patterns among the various countries, author's productivity, most prolific authors, ranking by authors, collaborative authorship patterns among the various countries, contribution by institutions, contribution...

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