Annals of Library and Information Studies

http://www.niscair.res.in

 

VOLUME 55

NUMBER 1

MARCH 2008

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

CONTENTS

 

Changing pattern of user expectations regarding the library catalogue as
an information retrieval tool: a case study of Mangalore University                                              7

       S.S.Kumbar and T. Y. Mallaiah

 

Research publication trends in structural engineering based on
Journal of Structural Engineering         
                                                                               17

       S. Maheswaran, R.D. Sathish Kumar and K.R. Sridharan

 

Open access journals and institutional repositories: practical need

and present trends in India                                                                                                        27

       Mohammad Nazim and Maya Devi

 

Citation analysis of Journal of Oilseeds Research 1993 – 2004                                                 35

       Surendra Kumar and S. Kumar

 

Strengthening R&D information systems through library consortium:

A case of CSIR laboratories                                                                                                      45

       Prakash Chand and Nishy P

 

Pramana - Journal of Physics: A scientometric analysis                                                            52

       Anil Kumar, E. R. Prakasan, V.L. Kalyane and Vijai Kumar

 

Use of search engines by research scholars and faculty members of physics
departments in the universities of Karnataka State                                                                        62

       B.S. Biradar and B.T. Sampath Kumar

 

Strategic Management Journal: a citations study                                                                       69

       Tapas Kumar Raut, Sada Bihari Sahu and Shantanu Ganguly

 

Scientometric profile of the journal Mausam                                                                                 76

       K.C. Garg, Praveen Sharma and Suresh Kumar

 

Book Review                                                                                                                              81

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 55, March 2008, pp 7-16

 

Changing pattern of user expectations regarding the library catalogue as an information retrieval tool: a case study of Mangalore University

 

S.S.Kumbara and T. Y. Mallaiahb

aAssistant Librarian (Senior Scale), Mangalore University Library, Mangalagangothri-574 199 , Mangalore, (DK), Karnataka,

E-mail: sksiddalingappa@yahoo.com

 

bDeputy Librarian, Mangalore University Library, Mangalagangothri-574 199 , Mangalore, (DK), Karnataka,

E-mail: mallaiahty@yahoo.com

 

Describes the efforts of Mangalore University Library in developing an Online Public Access Catalogue with the aim of increasing the information retrieval efficiency and providing easy access to the users. The changing pattern of user expectations about the catalogue has also been examined. In the survey conducted prior to the introduction of on-line public access catalogue, usefulness of the library catalogue, frequency of use, users approaches, user opinions about the adequacy of bibliographical details, sources of guidance in the use of catalogue and need for user education programmes have been assessed. Based on the findings, the steps initiated for updating the card catalogue have been described. Results indicate the necessity for the joint effort of library professionals and software development experts to find out solutions to meet the user expectations effectively. It was suggested that cataloguing of all the e-resources such as CD-ROMs, DVDs available in the library was the immediate need.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 55, March 2008, pp 17-26

Research publication trends in structural engineering based on Journal of Structural Engineering

 

S.Maheswarana, R.D. Sathish Kumarb and K.R. Sridharanc

aScientist, Information Division, Structural Engineering Research Centre, CSIR Campus, Taramani, Chennai -600113,

E-mail: smahes@sercm.org

bInformation Officer, Information Division, Structural Engineering Research Centre, CSIR Campus, Taramani, Chennai -600113,

E-mail: rdskumar@sercm.org

cHead & Deputy Director, Information Division, Structural Engineering Research Centre, CSIR Campus, Taramani, Chennai -600113,

E-mail: krs@sercm.org

 

Provides a historical perspective on structural engineering research as reflected in the Journal of Structural Engineering (JoSE). Reports the result of a twelve year (1993 – 2005) analysis of the journal from 1993 through 2005. The JoSE is intended to be of interest to researchers, professionals and students in all civil / mechanical engineering disciplines.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 55, March 2008, pp 27-34

Open access journals and institutional repositories: practical need
and present trends in India

 

Mohammad Nazima and Maya Devib

aCentral Library, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005, E-mail: nazim@sify.com

bDepartment of Library & Information Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005

 

Trends in open access publishing in India are discussed. Data was collected from directories of open access journals and institutional repositories. The URL of each institutional repository and open access journals was visited to collect relevant data and information including from earlier studies. Case study method was used to know the trends of open access publishing in India. Data is analyzed based on certain parameters, such as number of institutional repositories and open access journals, number of documents, software used, types of documents, etc. Among the top 25 open access publishing countries, India ranks 12th for the overall number of journals, but drops to 18th for journals with online content. However, its position in the list of open access journals is fifth. At present India ranks 12th in the list of countries with registered interoperable archives in the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR).

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 55, March 2008, pp 35-44

Citation analysis of Journal of Oilseeds Research 1993 – 2004

 

Surendra Kumara and S. Kumarb

aDocumentation Officer, National Research Centre for Soybean, Khandwa Road,Indore – 452017
 E- mail: skumar9861@rediffmail.com 

 

b Professor, School of Studies in Library & Information Science, Vikram University, Ujjain-10,
E-mail: skumarram2000@yahoo.co.in

 

Analyses 8093 citations given in the Journal of Oilseeds Research (JOR) published during 1993 to 2004). Out of 8093 citations, 5642 are given in main articles and 2551 in short communications of the JOR. It also analyses types of documents cited and identifies core journals. The paper also covers the analysis of authorship patterns of citations alongwith calculation of collaboration coefficient. Geographical distribution of cited references has also been analysed. Concludes that 20 core periodicals cover more than 50% references and also indicates that collaborative research is prevalent in oil seeds research.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 55, March 2008, pp 45-51

Strengthening R&D information systems through library consortium:
A case of CSIR laboratories

 

Prakash Chand and Nishy P

Scientists, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), 14, Satsang Vihar Marg,
New Delhi, India, 110067, E-Mails: prakashc@niscair.res.in & nishyp@niscair.res.in

 

Examines the changing face of libraries particularly with regard to the journal subscription from print to electronic form through formation of consortia.  The benefits accrued to the library and information system of CSIR laboratories owing to formation of a consortium to access e-resources is discussed.  Concludes that the CSIR laboratories library and information systems have been strengthened following the widening of the journals base after the formation of the consortium.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 55, March 2008, pp 52-61

 

Pramana - Journal of Physics: A scientometric analysis

 

Anil Kumara, E. R. Prakasan, V.L. Kalyane and Vijai Kumar

Scientific Information Resource Division, Knowledge Management Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
Mumbai – 400 085 (India), E-mail: anil72@barc.gov.in

aAuthor for correspondence

 

Focuses on publishing trend; impact factor; authorship pattern; types of articles; institutional collaboration of authors; affiliated institutions of authors; countries of contributing authors; keyword analysis; and referencing pattern. The number of articles being published in Pramana and its ISI impact factor are increasing. There is an upward trend in number of collaborated papers. Authors from University of Delhi, Delhi; Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai; Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad; Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbaietc. contributed most number of articles. One fourth of the total articles published in Pramana are from out side India, the host country of the journal and the number of articles submitting from other countries is also increasing. Cosmology; supersymmetry; chaos; quantum chromodynamics; phase transition; and quark-gluon plasma are the leading micro-fields of physics to which maximum number of articles published in Pramana. The average number of references per article is found as 21.85 and it is 104.4 when the average is taken only for review articles. 

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 55, March 2008, pp 62-68

 

Use of search engines by research scholars and faculty members of physics departments in the universities of Karnataka State

B.S.Biradara and B.T.Sampath Kumarb

aProfessor, Department of Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Jnana Sahyadri, Shimoga
E-mail: bs_biradar@yahoo.com

 

bLecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Jnana Sahyadri, Shimoga
E-mail: sampathbt_2001@rediffmail.com

 

Studies the use of various search engines, frequency of use of search engines, factors that influence use of the search engines, use of search strategy  by Physics research scholars and faculty members in the universities of  Karnataka State. Shows that majority of respondents (84.33%) used search engines to retrieve information on the Internet and most frequently used search engines are Google (72.85%) and Yahoo (53.57%).

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 55, March 2008, pp 69-75

 

Strategic Management Journal: a citations study

 

Tapas Kumar Rauta, Sada Bihari Sahub and Shantanu Gangulyc

aSenior Library Assistant, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow, E-Mail: tkr@iiml.ac.in

bManager, Central Library, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Lucknow.

cLibrarian, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow.

 

Highlights the distribution of various forms of publication, authorship trends, most frequently cited periodicals and geographical distribution of the literature in the area of strategic management. It is found that researchers use journals more frequently than other from of documents and authorship pattern concentrated mainly on single and joint authors in books where as in journals.  The top ranking journals in the field of strategic management are Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal and Administrative Science Quarterly that represent 32% of the literature coverage. The results reveal the geographical distribution of core journals of this literature, which are mainly concentrated in the USA & UK. The methodology is based on the bibliometrics techniques of citation analysis, which are applied in all the articles published in the Strategic Management Journal for two consecutive years 2005 and 2006. 

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 55, March 2008, pp 76-80

 

 

Scientometric profile of the journal Mausam

K.C.Garg, Praveen Sharma, Suresh Kumar

National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), Pusa Gate,
Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi – 110012, E mail: gargkc@nistads.res.in

 

         An analysis of 369 items published in Mausam during 2003-2006 indicates that 72% items were papers, 23% letters to the editor, 4% report on “Weather in India” and the rest 1% as articles. Indian researchers belonging to India Meteorological Department contributed most of the items. Climatology, agricultural and environmental meteorology, synoptic meteorology, hydrometeorology, numerical weather forecasting and physical meteorology constituted about 56 % of the total output. Time lag between receipt and acceptance of the manuscript is about 11 months, while the time lag between acceptance and publication of the manuscript is about 9. Editorial board members belonged to domestic institutions. The references cited by the journal are mostly international like other journals in the field. However, majority of the citations are older than 10 years. Based on the pattern of citations the journal received in the international literature its impact factor for 2005 and 2006 is almost the same (0.19). However, of the 49 Indian journals indexed by SCI-E in 2005, 18 have impact factor less than or equal to Mausam.