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Serials use in post graduates’ dissertations of pharmaceutical sciences: collection building by citation analysis

Aragudige Nagaraja (Rayalaseema University, Kurnool, India & Sri Krishna Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India)
A.B Prashanth (Acharya & B M Reddy College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, India)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 6 July 2015




This study aims to analyze the resources used in the citations of 156 postgraduate dissertations submitted to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) through the Acharya & BM Reddy College of Pharmacy (ABMRCP), and prepares the core journal list according to the Bradford’s law of scattering. For any research and academic institutional libraries, books and journals are considered as key resources. As the resources are more and diverse, collection building is a tough task for librarians. Citation analysis is one of the best methods to list the most used resources by the users. The paper highlights the extent use of in-house resources and open access journals in the citations.


Citations of PG dissertations during 2010-2013 (four years) were compiled, the data about the resources cited in each were taken and the list of resources used in PG dissertations was prepared. The list of core journals obtained by citation analysis was matched with the list of online journals provided by Health Science Library & Information Network (HELINET) of RGUHS as well as print list of journals subscribed by ABMRCP Library, and evaluated the print and online consortia journals used by ABMRCP community. The list of core journals’ ranking in the SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) list-pharmaceutical sciences was identified to know the impact of the journals.


The study gives the list of different information resources cited in the pharmacy dissertations. The core list obtained by applying the Bradford’s law of scattering in this study has 19 journals pertaining to pharmacy. After matching the core list with the Keogh’s list, it is found that 31 journals can be considered very useful in the field of pharmacy. Twelve journals listed in the core list have different positions in the SJR ranking 2013. The results indicate that open-access journals with online journals subscribed through HELINET and print holdings have been cited more in the PG dissertations.


The topic of journal use in this case may be of greatest interest to those who purchase journals in the sciences and, very specifically, the pharmaceutical sciences.



The authors would like to thank Ananya, AN for her support in the editing of the manuscript.


Nagaraja, A. and Prashanth, A.B. (2015), "Serials use in post graduates’ dissertations of pharmaceutical sciences: collection building by citation analysis", Collection Building, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 94-101.



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