Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Bio-Bibliometric Study of Dr. Khalid Mahmood's Contributions to LIS Field in Pakistan

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Bio-Bibliometric Study of Dr. Khalid Mahmood's Contributions to LIS Field in Pakistan

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Mahapatra (2000) defined the bibliometrics as "the quantitative analysis of the characteristics, behaviour and productivity of all aspects of written communication, library staff and information users" (p. 4). Whereas, Reitz (2010) presented the term 'bibliometric' in the following words:

  The use of mathematical and statistical methods to study and
  identify patterns in the usage of materials and services within
  a library or to analyze the historical development of a specific
  body of literature, especially its authorship, publication and use.
  Prior to the mid-20th century, the quantitative study of
  bibliographic data and usage was known as statistical bibliography.

There are many outcomes of bibliometric study such as to find out the publication productivity, collaboration for publication, year-wise distribution of work, language and journal preferences, and span of subject areas. It identifies the communication channel, prolific authorship and relevant papers, organizations and countries producing relevant papers. Naseer and Mahmood (2009) conducted a study titled 'Use of bibliometrics in LIS research' in which they stated that "Bibliometric methods have been effectively utilized to solve a variety of issues in LIS but this area of LIS research has failed to get attention of researchers in Pakistan" (p. 7). Similarly, describing the uses of bibliometric techniques Thanuskod (2011) said that:

  Bibliometric techniques are being used for a variety of purposes
  like determination of various scientific indicators, evaluation of
  scientific output, selection of journals for libraries and even
  forecasting the potential of a particular field. The popularity
  in the adaptation of bibliometric techniques in various
  disciplines stimulated stupendous growth of literature on
  bibliometrics and its related areas. (p. 75)

Bio-bibliometric is a study in which we statistically analyze publications of an individual, a department, or a subject of any field. It is a quantitative and analytical method in which we try to establish a functional relation between bio-data of an individual and his biblio-data. It helps us to decide the attractiveness and impact of particular articles, authors, and publications by determining the most cited authors, papers and journals. Mathematical and statistical techniques are used to study a publication's pattern, preferences, author's collaboration and chronological distribution of publications.

A number of bio-bibliometric studies have been carried out throughout the world in different fields of study. Sin (1999) analyzed and presented the works of a popular Malaysian historian Professor Khoo Kay Kim. He presented an analysis of the authorship pattern, journal preference and language preference. This study also discovered Kim's channel of communication and publication productivity. Similarly, Sangam and Savanur (2006) carried out bio-bibliometric study of Dr. N. Rudraiah, a famous Indian mathematician. In their study, they analyzed the channel of communication, publication productivity, authorship pattern, and journal preference of Dr. N. Rudariah. Koley and Sen (2006) carried out a bio-bibliometric on Professor B. N. Koley, an eminent Indian physiologist. In their research, they analyzed authorship pattern and collaboration coefficient, chronological distribution of research articles. Parvathamma and Gobbur (2008) carried out a biobibliometric study on T. M. Aminabhavi, a well-known polymer scienticsts. In their research work, they explored collaboratin coeficient, authorship pattern, popular articles and conference papers.

In Pakistan, Mahmood and Rehman (2009) conducted a bio-bibliometric analysis of Professor Dr. Anis Khurshid's publications. Dr. Khurshid was a well-known personality in field of library and information science in Pakistan. In this study, analysis included year and type wise distribution of the articles. …

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