Solid Waste Research in India during 2008-2017: A Bibliometric Analysis

By Vijayakumar, P.; Rao, M. Saraswati et al. | Library Philosophy and Practice, May 2019 | Go to article overview

Solid Waste Research in India during 2008-2017: A Bibliometric Analysis


Vijayakumar, P., Rao, M. Saraswati, Sivasubraminiyan, G., Library Philosophy and Practice


Introduction:

Solid waste is nothing but the unwanted product/produce or unwanted solid materials which are not in the state of liquid or gas forms produced out of human activities in our surroundings from the area of residential, commercial or industrial. It may be broadly classified into two ways which are based on their source of origin (domestic, commercial, industrial, institutional, municipal, agricultural etc.,) and based on physical nature (garbage, ashes, combustible and non-combustible, demolition and construction and hazardous etc). Solid Waste Management eliminates the adverse impact on the environment & human health. These solid wastes are necessary to manage the manufactured goods both public health and the environment as well. Moreover, "solid waste management represents an essential element of sustainability and environmental protection. Social acceptance, economic efficiency, organizational matters, water, soil and air pollution are among the most important issues confronted in projects, either already realized or planned in the near future" (Tolis et al. 2010).

Bibliometrics is a set of techniques used to qualitatively and quantitatively assess the academic quality of published literature of an individual researcher, institutions, journals or countries by application of statistical methods. These bibliometric tools are effectively used by information managers to analyze the publication growth rate, productive contributors, impact factor, citations, h index and future requirements in a particular discipline. This analysis helps to formulate a well defined objective for conducting high quality research to find out the latest trends and hot spots in solid waste research in India. It also provides an idea about which journals, institutions and countries have high impact in the specific field of knowledge.

Numerous studies were undertaken consequently results were published on different aspects of solid waste management in various journals from all over the world. However, no systematic analysis of solid wastes research has not undertaken in India so far. So, we have made an attempt to conduct the bibliometric analysis on "Solid Waste" research in India during the period 2008-2017 to find out the literature growth rate, authorship pattern, and degree of collaboration, prolific institutions, citation, impact factor, frequency of keywords and international collaborations.

Objectives

The main objectives of the study is to analyze the following bibliometric characteristics of the solid waste research in India (2008-2017)

* To examine year wise literature growth on solid waste research in India

* To identify the most prolific authors

* To examine the authorship pattern of the contributions

* To identify the degree of collaboration

* To examine the year wise distribution of citations

* To identify the most productive organization/institution in India

* To find out the high frequency author keywords

* To measure document-type distribution

* To find out the international collaboration in India's research output

Literature Review

Adesina and Opesade (2018) have conducted an analysis of Sickle cell anaemia research publications on Nigeria listed in PubMed during the period 2006 to 2016. A total of 326 publications taken for study and literature growth rate have been increased between the years 2006 and 2010. However, the research publications on Sickle cell have been decreased between the years 2011 and 2015. It indicates the research on this specific field has slowly come down the recent years in Nigeria. University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital had contributed the highest number of publications. Degree of collaboration varies from 0.85 to 1.00 and the majority of authors had contributed from Nigeria.

Mesdaghinia, et. al. (2015) has evaluated the Scopus indexed solid waste related papers produced by Iran from 1982 to 2013. …

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