A Scientometric Analysis of Astrophysics Research Output in India (1989-2016): Study Based on Web of Science DatabaseAuthor : R. Senthilkumar and G.Ulaganathan
Volume 7 No.1 January-June 2017 pp 1-6
Astrophysics is a bough of space science that applies the laws of physics and chemistry to explain planets, galaxies, the birth, life, death of stars, nebulae and other objects in the universe. Astrophysics creates physical theories of small to medium-size structures in the universe. Astrophysicists seek to understand the universe and our place in it. At NASA, the objective of astrophysics be “to discover how the universe work, explore how it began & evolved, and search for life on planets around other stars.” The h index was suggested in 2005 by Jorge E. Hirsch, a physicist at University of California, San Diego (UCSD ).The h-index is a factor determining both the quantity and the quality of a scientist’s research output. The h-index can be calculated without human intervention in Scopus and Web of Science or manually in other databases that give citation information (e.g., PsychINFO, SciFinder, Google Scholar). The index is based on a list of publications ranked in descending array by the number of citations these publications received. The value of h is equal to the number of papers (N) in the list that have N or more citations. This study analyzes the h index of Astrophysics research output in India from the year 1989-2016. The data was downloaded from Web of Science database which was maintained by Thomson Reuters. The findings of the study revealed that the author S.Banerjee has published 12 papers with 12 or more citations. Followed by the author A.Kumar has published 11 papers with 11 or more citations.
Scientometrices, Web of Science, Astrophysics. H Index