Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Comparative Bibliometric Analysis of Six Health Science Journals Published in Pakistan 2006-2015

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Comparative Bibliometric Analysis of Six Health Science Journals Published in Pakistan 2006-2015

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INTRODUCTION:

Journals are a canvas to portray the role of the researcher in a communication of ideas, views, opinions, and findings of the experiments, thoughts, and experiences of the authors in a specific way or generally. Every article published in the journal having numeric information to show the status of an article. Quantifying the numeric data of publications shows the research performance of a journal. Rattan (2014) opined that innovative research with original findings and emerging applications of existing knowledge are published in journals.

The Journal of Surgery Pakistan (JSP) is official journal International College of Surgeons of Pakistan Chapter and SAARC Association of Surgeons Pakistan Chapter. JSP contributed in the field of surgery and its allied disciplines were published its first volume in the year 1996 and indexed in Index Medicus for Eastern Mediterranean Regions (IMEMR) and approved by Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. (http://www.isp.org.pk)

The Pakistan Journal of Medical Research (PJMR) is the official journal of the Pakistan Health Research Council, started its publication in 1958. PJMR is approved by Pakistan Medical & Dental Council; it covers Biomedical, clinical and different areas of public health research. (http://www.pimr.org.pk)

The Pakistan Pediatric Journal (PPJ) is internationally recognized journal deals the field of pediatrics and its subspecialties, preventive & social child health published by Pakistan Pediatric Association. PPJ started its publication in 1977 on a quarterly basis. PPJ is recognized by PMDC, HEC of Pakistan and indexed in Scimagojr database. (http://www.ppa.org.pk/)

The Pakistan Journal of Ophthalmology (PJO) is the official journal of Ophthalmological Society of Pakistan started its publication in 1985. PJO is recognized by PMDC, HEC of Pakistan and indexed in Copernicus, Index Medicus for Eastern Mediterranean Region. (http://www.pio.com.pk)

The Pakistan Heart Journal (PHJ) is official journal of the Pakistan Cardiac Society started its publication in 1968. . PHJ is recognized by PMDC, HEC of Pakistan and indexed in Copernicus, Index Medicus for Eastern Mediterranean Region. (http://www.pkheartiournal.com)

The Journal of Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (JLUMHS) is the official journal of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, started its publication in 2002. JLUMHS is recognized by PMDC, HEC of Pakistan and indexed in Copernicus, Index Medicus for Eastern Mediterranean Region and Embase. (https://www.lumhs.edu.pk/ilumhs/)

All journals published peer-reviewed research articles Five journals published on quarterly base only JLUMHS published on triannual bases. The JSP, PPJ, PJO, and PHJ were established and run by professional associations/organizations to promote and facilitate specific disciplines. PJMR and JLUMHS are published by public sector council and university to deal the literature of basic medical and health sciences, and communicable diseases.

Harrod's Librarians' Glossary and Reference Book (Prytherch, 2016) defined the term bibliometric as:-

"Application of statistics and mathematics to the study of the use made of books and other media within and between library systems'1

Bibliometric analysis supports to improve the bibliographic control of a published literature, a gauging tool to evaluate the growth of research productivity. The aim of the present study is to carry out a comparative bibliometric analysis of the research productivity and authorship pattern of six Pakistani e-journals on health sciences published during 2006 to 2015.

LITERATURE REVIEW:

A comparative study of 393 articles published in two heart journals one from Pakistan and other from Saudi Arabia was carried out by Baladi and Satti (2018). Five years published data of 20 issues of each journal were compared, 207 articles published in PHJ and 186 in Journal of Saudi Heart Association (JSHA). …

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