Mapping of Earth Science Research in West Bengal: A Bibliometric StudyAuthor : Moutusi Basak Roy and Subarna Kumar Das
Volume 8 No.2 July-September 2018 pp 57-64
The present study is based on 393 PhD theses of Earth sciences submitted to the various universities of West Bengal for the award of doctoral degree during the period 1960-2012. Besides, a citation analysis has also been done through the study of 8910 citations appended to the theses for the period of 2008-2012. The main purpose of this study is to investigate chronological distribution of theses, gender-wise distribution, supervisor-ship pattern, subject-wise distribution. The findings of the study revealed that an average of 7.43 theses was published during the whole period under study; the relative growth rate and doubling time for theses under study work out to 0.631 and 0.966 respectively; the grand average number of citations per theses was 146 citations and journals is the most prolific bibliographic forms used by the researchers. This study also examines the conformity to Lotka’s law with the distribution of data.
Earth Sciences, Relative Growth Rate, Doubling time, Journals Ranking, Bradford’s law, Lotka’s law, Ph.D. Theses, West Bengal
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