Citations of DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology: Statistical Analysis of Google Scholar Based Research Impact for the Period of 2006 to 2015.

Author:Renjith, V.R.
  1. Introduction

    Bibliometrics and citation counting provide the quantitative indicators used to measure scholarly impact and influence of journals, authors and papers in a subject. Citations can be used as an indicator of research importance or quality. These citations can act as a tool in assessing the effectiveness of communication and express the extent to which researchers bring their work to the attention of a broad, potentially interested audience. Informetric tools may help researchers and their organizations to demonstrate their performance. Now-a-days the use of the term informetrics reflects not only the bibliometric indicators based on publication and citation counts, but also with altmetrics, webometrics, and usage-based metrics derived from a variety of data sources. Scientific scholarly journals can also be assessed with the use of above forms of bibliometric indicators. The use of these informetric indicators enables in assessing the quality of research assessment of scholarly journals in a systematic manner. These indicators can be useful tools for authors who are interested in tracking the degree of attention to their work, and in assessing the effectiveness of their communication strategies.

    Informetric indicators, including the important group of citation based measures, have become widely available in scholarly literature retrieval tools like Google Scholar. Google Scholar is one of the altmetric journal citation based indicator introduced in the year 2004. It is a free academic search engine and citation index that can be used to assess research impact. It covers a much wider variety of document types and sources than Scopus and Web of Science (Thelwall & Kousha, 2015). Google Scholar has a "cited by" feature that lists the number of times a document was cited. Google Scholar citation counts indicate the number of citations a publication has received (Agarwal et al., 2016). The indicators shown in the Google Scholar are H index and H5 index. The indicator H index for a set of articles is the largest number H so that H articles have at least H citations. H5 index is the H index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. Currently, indicators such as author h indices and total citations and publication counts are available in the Google Scholar database.

    DESIDOC Journal of Library and InformationTechnology (DJLIT) is one of the leading Library and Information Science journals in India, being published by Defense Science Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Defence Research and Development Organization, Government of India, New Delhi since 1981 on bimonthly basis, each volume having six issues. DJLIT is a peer reviewed journal, indexed in Library and Information Science Abstract (LISA), Library and information Science Technology Abstracts (LISTA), Indian Citation Index (ICI), Indian Science Abstracts (ISA) etc. The DJLIT is an open-access journal with high visibility and discoverability of authors and papers in Google Scholar.

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