A scientometric study of journal of bio-chemistry and bio-physics (IJBB).

Author:Bala, Madhu

Introduction: Science and scientific research have been growing at a faster rate during recent years. Indian Journal of Bio-Chemistry and Bio-Physics is highly helpful in the field of Biology and Chemistry and other Science related branches. They develop benchmark to evaluate the quality of information resources and package of information for decision making in Science. It provides key opportunities to researcher to publish their article with new straggles, innovation, new ideas, and new methods. Scientometric is one of the most common areas of study among the Researchers and research activity.

Biochemistry is a fascinating subject that deals with the chemical language of life, be it human, animal, plant, or microorganism. Biochemistry interfaces with Biology and Chemistry and is concerned with the Chemical

processes that take place within living cells. The Science is the application of the laws of Physics to biological phenomena.

Biophysics is subject that deals with the various aspects of tools, techniques, laws and methods used in Biology and Physics and it is an interdisciplinary Science using methods of, and theories from, physics to study biological systems. Biophysics spans all levels of biological organization, from the molecular scale to whole organisms and ecosystems. Biophysical research shares significant overlap with Bio-Chemistry, Bioengineering, agro physics, and System Biology. It has been suggested as a bridge between biology and Physics.

Genesis of the source Journal: Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics (IJBB) has been selected as the source Journal for the present study. IJBB published by NISCAIR (National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources). The pioneering Journal was started in 1964. The Bimonthly issue of this Journal contains full papers, short notes, and rapid communications and review articles. National Institute of Science Communication & information Resources (NISCAIR) came into existence on 30 September 2002 with the merger of National Institute of Science Communication (NISCOM) and Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre (INSDOC). Both NISCOM and INSDOC, the two premier institutes of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), were devoted to dissemination and documentation of Science & Technology information.

The articles published in this Journal cover all areas of research in Bio-Chemistry and Bio-Physics. Viz. bimolecular recognition, protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions vectors, gene therapy; drug targeting, drug design; molecular basis of genetic diseases; conformational studies, computer simulation, novel DNA structures and their biological implications, protein folding; enzymes structure, catalytic mechanisms, regulation; membrane biochemistry, antigen-antibody binding, neurochemistry, ageing, apoptosis, cell cycle control; hormones; ontogenesis, host-virus interactions, viral assembly and structure; intermediary metabolism, molecular basis of disease processes, vitamins, coenzymes, carrier proteins, toxicology; plant and microbial biochemistry; electrical phenomena in biological systems and so on(3). Solicited peer reviewed articles on contemporary themes and methods in Biochemistry and Biophysics form an important feature of IJBB.

Scope and Objectives of the Study: The study covered the period during the year from 2009-2013. This critically analyses 316 Articles published in the inaugural five volumes of IJBB with 36 issues. In order to achieve this, the following objectives were formulated for the present study:

* To analyse the chronological growth of literature during 2009-2013;

* To examine the authorship pattern of the contribution;

* To identify the geographic distribution of output;

* To study the length of articles;

* To discover the subject distribution of the articles and the main areas of research;

* To identify the...

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