Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Library Philosophy and Practice, 2004-2009: A Scientometric Appraisal

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Library Philosophy and Practice, 2004-2009: A Scientometric Appraisal

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Bibliometric study on single journal is a promising area of research in the field of Library and Information Science. In this type of study data is collected from a single journal covering a particular period and vividly analyzed from different directions to find out authorship pattern, bibliographical forms of citations, chronological distributions of citations and publication half life, core authors, core journals, and journal impact factor. The findings from such studies provide some interesting and useful facts to researchers, authors, and editors regarding various crucial aspects of scholarly communication of the source journal. The present study selects Library Philosophy and Practice (LPP) as the source journal. LPP is a reputed peer reviewed international electronic journal that publishes original research articles in the field of Library and Information Science. As per its editorial objectives, it primarily includes, in its scope, explorations of current, past and emerging theories of librarianship and library practice, as well as reports of successful, innovative, or experimental library procedures, methods, or projects in all areas of librarianship. The contents of this journal are indexed in Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), DOAJ, Library Literature & Information Science, and Scopus. This study attempts to evaluate various unexplored facets of the publishing trends of LPP in the course of its publication phase from 2004 to 2009.


The present study intends to measure the publication pattern of Library Philosophy and Practice devoted to the field of Library and Information Science by collection of citations appended to the articles published during last six years ranging from 2004 to 2009. The main objectives of the study are:

* To study the year wise distribution of articles and citations;

* To find out the authorship pattern and degree of authors' collaboration;

* To identify the authors' most preferred bibliographical forms of citations;

* To study the geographical distribution of contributors;

* To identify the leading journals of LIS by their rank of citations;

* To evaluate the distribution of country wise prolific authors;

* To study the age of citations and publication half life of books and journals


The study analyzes the growth and development of publication output of LPP from 2004 to 2009. Keeping the objectives of the study in mind, a total number of 4274 citations from 266 articles published during the said period were collected from the open access source journal. All citations were arranged and rearranged in order of conducting studies on distribution of bibliographical forms of citations, chronological distribution of citations, ranking of journals, and ranking of authors. For the sake of convenience, only major forms of citations comprising of journals, books, web resources, proceedings (conference/seminars/workshops), reports, and theses were taken into the purview of the study while, notes, lectures, speeches, press releases, white papers, employment gazettes, interviews, commentary, news items and such other materials which were found relatively less by their individual numbers were clubbed up into others category. Furthermore, web resources were differentiated from electronic journals. Certain notes and incomplete citations that posed ambiguity were eliminated from the scope of the study. The gathered data after due scrutiny, were tabulated and processed for analysis and subsequent interpretation. The study employed required bibliometric measures.

Review of Literature

Tiew (1997) conducted a survey on single journal bibliometric studies and reported 102 papers published on the topic all across the world by the year 1997. Zainab, Ani, and Anuar (2009) revealed that, there are an estimated total number of about 189 single journal studies reported in published literature. …

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