Library and Information Research in South Africa: A Bibliometric Study

Patra, Swapan Kumar Library and Information Research in South Africa: A Bibliometric Study. Indian Journal of Information, Library & Society, 2020, vol. 33, n. 3-4, pp. 164-178. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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South Africa is among one of the countries from the African continent that have comparatively mature Library and Information Science (LIS) education, training and well-developed research infrastructure. This study is an assessment of LIS research output from South Africa using different bibliometrics indicators. A total of 2,112 records (from the year 1975 to 2019) were downloaded from the Web of Science (WoS) database of Clarivate Analytics. The study has observed that LIS research in South Africa is growing in the recent years. It has further identified core journals where most of the research has been published. The authorship pattern has identified the productive authors and collaboration patterns among the authors. The key word analysis has identified the major research areas where most of the LIS research is being carried out. The institutional collaboration patterns show the productive institutes and their collaboration potential. The country level collaboration pattern shows that South African LIS scholars collaborate more with the scholars outside the continent. The study recommends focus research in this field and more inter and intra continental collaboration for the productive LIS research in the country.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Library and Information Science, LIS, South Africa, Bibliometrics Study, Social Network Analysis, Africa
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AZ. None of these, but in this section.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: Dr Swapan kumar Patra
Date deposited: 16 Aug 2021 17:29
Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 17:29


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