Annals of Library and Information Studies

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VOLUME 54

NUMBER 2

JUNE  2007

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

CONTENTS

 

Bibliometric properties of ‘Demography India

Asha B                                                                                                             73

 

Zipf’s Law and Number of hits on the World Wide Web

Monika Jauhari, Anurag Saxena, J.N. Gautam                                                   81

 

Availability of biomedical serials in India:  A case of malaria research

Sushmita Das, Surinder Kumar, Naina Pandita                                                  85

 

Authorship Patterns in Physics Literature: An Informetric Study on Citations

in Doctoral theses of the Indian Institute of Science

K.G. Sudhier Pillai                                                                                            90

 

Status of libraries in higher technical education institutions: with special reference

to deemed universities of North India

Seema Vasishta                                                                                                95

 

Bibliographic coupling in toxicology journals

B. Mini Devi                                                                                                   103

 

Analysis of contribution of ‘Annals of Library and Information Studies’

            Neerja Verma, Rajnish Tamrakar and Priyanka Sharma                                   106

 

A bibliometric study of laser literature in India, 1995-2005

P.Rajendiran and Y.S.Parihar                                                                          112

 

A bibliomeric analysis of the ‘Journal of the Indian Society for Cotton

Improvement’ (1995-2004)

            Swati Dixit and V V Katare                                                                             119

 

 


 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 54, June 2007, pp 73-80

Bibliometric properties of ‘Demography India

 

Asha B

 

This paper analyses the articles and citations in Demography India from 1972 to 2001.  Identifies core areas of demographic studies, institution-wise contribution of articles and geographical area pertaining to the articles. It determines the trend-line and five-yearly moving average of the year-wise distribution of collaboration coefficients for ascertaining the trends in the   distribution of single and multi-authored articles. Obtains slight inclination of authors towards collaboration. Using regression analysis formulates Lotka’s relationships and hence determines the values of constant K and index α in the relationship. Finds that Lotka’s relationship is valid for authors with more than three publications only. Determines some closer relationship than Lotka’s by using regression ranking. The study identifies most-cited journals, examines bibliographic forms of cited documents, average age of citations and rate of citation per article. The findings of this study are compared with the results of similar studies.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 54, June 2007, pp 81-54

 

Zipf’s Law and Number of hits on the World Wide Web

 

Monika Jauhari, Anurag Saxena, J.N. Gautam 

 

Words of variable length are gathered together in a meaningful manner and make up a text. Web is probably the largest mass of words of various kinds. The distribution of words contained in a text itself is of great interest to scientists. Many scientists have attempted to examine the informetric properties of the web in the past. However, fewer attempts have been made to investigate relationships like the number of hits words of a text generate on a search engine, their word length and the frequency with which they appear in a text. Present paper is an attempt to do so.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 54, June 2007, pp 85-89

 

Availability of biomedical serials in India:  A case of malaria research

 

Sushmita Das, Surinder Kumar, Naina Pandita

 

Serials have been catering to the information needs of researchers as they provide the most recent and updated information. Although thousands of them are published today, access to each and every serial and their information content remains beyond the reach of a common researcher. The present study attempts to analyse the availability of biomedical serials in India and there accessibility. A search on malaria using the Pubmed database retrieved 386 journal articles in the last 180 days prior to April 2005. The availability of these journals in the country has been ascertained using the Union Catalogue of Biomedical Serials in India (UNcat). The participating medical libraries of UNcat have been divided into four zones (North, South, East and West) and the distribution of these serials has been tabulated. The findings shows that various valuable journals, in each zone, is available in duplicates, such as, the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine etc. The study further reveals that, though a large number of journals are available online; their download costs are very high. This study will help the policy makers and administrators to formulate policies to reduce duplication of valuable resources in the country. It is proposed that traditional services like the Union Catalogues may be upgraded with value added services such as document delivery, Interlibrary Lending, etc. for effective and efficient retrieval at a much lower cost.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 54, June 2007, pp 90-94

 

Authorship Patterns in Physics Literature: An Informetric Study on Citations in Doctoral theses of the Indian Institute of Science

 

K.G. Sudhier Pillai

 

A case study of the trends in authorship pattern and collaborative research in Physics with a sample of 11,412 journals and 1,328 book citations appended in the Physics doctoral dissertations awarded by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during 1999-2003. The study found that team research is preferred in the field of Physics rather than solo research. The average number of authors per journal articles was 3 and for books it was 1.69. The degree of collaboration in different years was calculated and the average value of it for journals was 0.08 and 0.44 for books. The authorship collaboration is more in journal articles than in books. The study concluded that authorship pattern, the degree of collaboration and the average number of authors were different in journals and in books.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 54, June 2007, pp 95-102

 

Status of libraries in higher technical education institutions: with special reference to deemed universities of North India

 

Seema Vasishta

 

This study attempts to examine the present conditions in libraries in technical Deemed Universities of North India. This study is based on the analysis of physical facilities (building, open access and working hours), budget, professional staff, organisational structure, library holdings (print as well as non-print), users, technical processing etc. Questionnaire method was used to collect the data. Comparative data in tabular form of six technical Deemed Universities are drawn for showing the strengths and weaknesses of these libraries. Based on the result of the survey, few suggestions have been given. These suggestions will be useful for planning and policy making of libraries in technical Deemed Universities.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 54, June 2007, pp 103-105

 

Bibliographic coupling in toxicology journals

 

B. Mini Devi

 

The author explores the phenomena of bibliographic coupling in  nine core journals in Toxicology indexed in the Toxicology Information Online (TOXLINE), the international database. A total of 1218 articles were taken for analysis. For the analysis Software Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) is used. The Journal Toxicology had highest percentage of bibliographically coupled articles i.e. 15.3%. There was no fixed trend in the development of number of bibliographically coupled articles. The number of coupled articles decreased as the coupling strength increased.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 54, June 2007, pp 106-111

 

 

Analysis of contribution of ‘Annals of Library and Information Studies’

Neerja Verma, Rajnish Tamrakar and Priyanka Sharma

 

This paper deals with the analysis of the 131 contributions of the journal entitled ‘Annals of Library & Information Studies’ published during 1999-2005.  It examines yearwise, instituionwise, statewise distribution of contributions, authorship pattern, citation analysis, length of the contributions etc.  The study shows that most of the contributions of this journal are contributed by single author and statewise distribution shows the most of that most of the contributions are contributed from New Delhi.  Citation analysis of 1456 citations includes to find out average number of citations per contribution, types of publications cited and preparing of ranked list of cited journals in contributions of this journal.  The study reveals that journals are the most cited publication amongst the library and information scientists and the source journal i.e. Annals of Library and Information Studies is the most cited journal in the contributions of this journal.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 54, June 2007, pp 112-118

 

A bibliometric study of laser literature in India, 1995-2005

P.Rajendiran and Y.S.Parihar

 

This study identifies various bibliometric indicators of articles published by the Indian researchers in the field of laser science and technology during the period 1995-2005. The Scopus - the indexing/abstracting online database is the main source for this study.  The bibliometric techniques, such as Bradford’s law, Lotka’s law, and the Subramanyam formula were employed respectively to measure quantitative distribution of literature in sources/journals, author productivity, and the degree of collaboration among authors. The study found that the literature growth has steadily increased and the growth rate over the period of time was 22.436 articles per year. Of the total literature 97.32 % appeared as research articles. Literature, were found to be published in eight different disciplines, and the percentage of multi-disciplinary articles was 18.93. The log-log plot drawn for distribution of literature in various sources/journals fits the typical Bradford S-shaped curve. The study identified 20 core sources and 23 core journals. It was found that majority of authors contributed only one article (65.04%), which is larger than the 60% of original Lotka’s data. The degree of collaboration among authors is 0.94. The average length of an article is 7.09.

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 54, June 2007, pp 119-123

 

 

A bibliomeric analysis of the ‘Journal of the Indian Society for Cotton Improvement’ (1995-2004)

 

Swati Dixit and V V Katare

 

Highlights the research rend of cotton scientists by studying the patterns of articles published in the Journal of the Indian Society of Cotton Improvement for the period 1995-2004.  Patters related to authorship, bibliographic forms, citations, contributing institutions, and subjects are analyzed.  Based on these details, ranking of core journals (Indian & foreign) in the field of cotton science has also been done.