Mapping the Scientific Outputs in the Field of Library and Information Science among Islamic Countries in the Web of Science Database from 1994 to 2009

Behzadi, Zahra and Jowkar, Abdolrasool Mapping the Scientific Outputs in the Field of Library and Information Science among Islamic Countries in the Web of Science Database from 1994 to 2009. Book Quarterly, 2011, vol. 22, n. 3, pp. 142-155. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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Purpose: The aim of this research was to study the documents produced in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) by Islamic Countries which are members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, during 1994-2009. Design/ Methodology/Approach: By applying the method of citation analysis, the best authors and publications in the field of LIS were identified and a historiographic map of the scientific outputs of Islamic countries was depicted. Findings: The average annual growth rate of publications in Islamic countries during the years studied is calculated to be 13.78%. Furthermore, the annual growth of publications in each Islamic country is calculated using the exponential regression method; results show that according to R2 which shows the annual growth rate of the countries’ scientific outputs, the growth of Iran, Bangladesh, Turkey, UAE, Pakistan and Egypt is statistically significant during the 16 years studied (p<0.05). During this 16-year period, the highest rates of growth compared with other countries belong to Iran (33%), Bangladesh (28%) and Turkey (17%). The clusters formed on the historiographic map, which are on the basis of “LCS” and “GCS”, are depicted along with the best publications in this field. Conclusion: With respect to the explosive growth of information, the growth of scientific outputs of the Islamic countries in the Web of Science database does not seem to be all it could be. Authorities of these countries are required to make a serious attempt in producing scientific publications and indexing them in valid international databases.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Scientific mapping, library and information science, Islamic countries, Scientific outputs
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AA. Library and information science as a field.
Depositing user: Samaneh Nozar
Date deposited: 26 Feb 2012
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:21


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