Research Output Analysis of International Journal of Information Dissemination and Technology (IJIDT) through Bibliometric Approach.

Author:Moyon, Thermi
 
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  1. Introduction

    International Journal of Information Dissemination and Technology (IJIDT) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal published on behalf of Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, Ambala. IJIDT is registered under Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and freely accessible scholarly journal committed to disseminating the intellectual research output of researchers in the field of Library and Information Science. Open Access (OA) is the revolutionary way of providing access to the scholarly literature which is made possible through the Internet. Today all over the world scholarly research literature is distributed online on the Internet in various forms, free of charge and free from copyright and licensing restrictions by publishers and institutions. Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) was the first initiative to use the term "Open Access". One of the greatest benefits to open access is that libraries in smaller institutions or in economically disadvantaged areas around the world can have greater access to the scholarly resources. Open access which provides free access to the information content is widely expanding its domain because of enormous benefits accrued from it (Rufai et al., 2011). The open access journals are mostly supported by the academic institutions and research & development institutions or government grants for publishing these journals. Private publishers are publishing them with getting financial support from the authors and supporting from reputed companies or institutions or some of the funding agencies are providing support for the publishing open access journals (Tamizhchelvan & Dhanavandan, 2014).

  2. Review of Literature

    Shukla & Moyon (2017) conducted a bibliometric analysis of IRJLIS for five years (i.e. 2011 - 2015) and examined 218 published papers and found that "two authorship patterns" with 0.66 degrees of collaboration prevails in the journal, India as the top most contributor and Nigeria is the highest contributor amongst foreign countries. Tamil Nadu is the highest contributor amongst Indian states and union territories. "Journal Articles" were found the most prevalent source of information for writing research papers and used as citation while the calculated half-life of the journal citations found to be 9.54 years. Gogoi & Barooah (2016) in their study revealed that papers from journals of Indian origin have greatly been used by the scholars and year wise distribution of journals indicated that journal articles published during 2000-09 were highly preferred. Further, they found that in the field of Chemistry as a whole, researcher mostly cites works of 10-20 years old from recent; and collaborative works were more than individual works. In a study, conducted by Mondal & Saha (2015) on the journal JILA from 2008-2014, found the steady growth of publications during the study period and degree of collaboration was 0.55. It was found that majority of the authors belongs to one place only. Thavamani (2015) examined the authorship trends of contributions in the Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology during 2007 to 2013 and concluded that an average number of authors per paper is more than 3 and average productivity per author is less than half (0.5). Moreover, the majority (86%) of the contributions were collaborative works, so the degree of collaboration arrived at 0.862 accordingly.

    In a study conducted by Verma, Sonkar & Gupta (2015), found no significant difference between single authorship and multiple authorship which tends to 0.51 degree of collaboration whereas journal was enriched with the scholarly contributions of 37 countries across the world and Nigeria was the dominating country in terms of contributions to the journal followed by India and USA. Hajam (2014) examined Indian Journal of Clinical Bio-Chemistry from the year 2004-2013 and revealed that a total number of contributions during the period of their study was 776 and it had 32 issues from volume number 19 to 28. Especially volume no. 23 had the maximum number of contributions. Further, he found that there were 19496 citations appended to 776 papers. Pujar (2014) analyzed the growth of open access journals in LIS, researchers and organizations need to embrace these in a big way. Publishers of journals in LIS, if adopt certain Web 2.0 tools to promote and measure content may lead to wider dissemination of research and bring in popularity. Quality of content and unethical practices of publishing followed by some journals is a worrying factor for the sustainable growth of open access journals. Das (2013) analyzed 206 articles in 19 issues published in the journal "Library Trends" during 2007-2012 and concluded that on an average 11 articles per issue in the journal with the dominance of single authorship which had a lower degree of collaboration i.e. 0.41. Shukla & Moyon (2016) conducted a bibliometric study of Indian open access LIS journal "Annals of Library and Information Studies" for five years from 2011 to 2015. They examined 173 published articles. Inferences have been drawn from the analysis that journal prevalent two authorship patterns with 0.61 degrees of collaboration, India as the top most contributor of the articles for the journal and amongst foreign countries Nigeria is the highest contributor. New Delhi is the highest contributor amongst the Indian States and Union Territories. "Journal Articles" were found the most prevalent source of information for writing research papers and used as a citation. Calculated half-life of the journal citations found to be more than 10 years.

    Hussain (2013) conducted a research on Annals of Library and Information Studies for the period 2006-2010 and he revealed that maximum numbers of articles were published in the year 2010. Further, he found that majority of the articles preferred two authorship pattern and major contributions were coming from New Delhi. Another study conducted by Lokhande (2013) on Annals of Library and Information Studies for the period of 2002-2011 and found that majority of articles published in multiple authorship patterns, teaching faculty members were the major contributors to the journal, bibliometric and scientometric study was the major focus of the journal covering other LIS subjects in the articles. Moreover, the analysis clearly indicates that OA e-journal "ALIS" rapidly established them as a most viable media for scholarly communication. Pandita (2013) analyzed 310 articles of Annals of Library and Information Studies published during the period 2002-2012 and revealed that more than 65% articles published in the journal were on co-authorship pattern. India is the host country of ALIS, as such proved to be one of the major contributors to the journal in every respect.

    Roy & Basak (2013) conducted a bibliometric study on Journal of Documentation and revealed that majority of the library and information scientists prefer to contribute their papers jointly and degree of collaboration was 0.51. Most of the contributions were published on information retrieval and most of the contributions were from United Kingdom followed by USA, Finland. About 6.21% citations were self-cited by the respective authors. Shukla & Malsawmkimi (2017) conducted a scientometric study on open access LIS journals based on Scopus and found that "Library Philosophy and Practice" is the most productive LIS journal amongst the category of open access LIS journals. Further total references and 3 years base citations have been calculated and found that "Library and Information Science Research" has the highest number of citations and "Library Philosophy and Practice" has the highest number of references. United States has been found as the most prolific country for LIS research. Awasthi & Jaiswal (2015) found the considerable increase in the archiving of library science journals over the years in DOAJ and print journals archive was more than online journals archive. Devendra (2014) investigated 140 free full text online journals through DOAJ in Environmental Science and analyzed based on country-wise distribution, language-wise distribution, institutions-wise distribution of publishers, distributions of subject headings, their accessibility of archives of online journals etc. and found that the United States publishes more open access journals (14.29%) in Environmental...

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