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Mapping of Tuberculosis (TB) research in India during 2004-2013: a bibliometric analysis

Rabindra K. Maharana (National Institute of Science Education & Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, India)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 6 July 2015




The purpose of this paper is to analyze Indian researchers’ publications on tuberculosis (TB) which were indexed in Web of Science (WoS) database during the from 2004 to 2013. It also emphases the performance of publication covering annual outputs, mainstream journals, leading Indian research institutions, h-index, etc.


The present study is a bibliometric analysis of all Indian TB publications over the past 10 years, in the national/international journals of repute. Utilizing the WoS database, 5,073 documents of Indian researcher’s publications data on TB research were used for the study; various statistical techniques and bibliometric measures have been used for further analysis.


The present study found out 5,073 documents published by the Indian researchers and indexed in WoS during the period from 2004 to 2013, with an average of 507-508 documents per year, and majority of them were research articles (79.85 per cent); Science Citation Index Extended alone consists 5,055 documents. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and D. Sriram were the most favoured research journal, major contributing organization/institution and most prolific contributor, respectively.

Research limitations/implications

The study exclusively examines 5,073 research outputs of Indian researchers on TB which have been indexed in Thomson Reuters WoS during 2004-2013. Thus, documents published in any other different channels and sources which have not indexed in WoS are excluded from the purview of research.


It is the first attempt and unique study of its kind which apply bibliometric techniques to analyse TB research by Indian researchers with compared to affected Asian countries which are very badly affected by the disease. To understand India’s strength and capability, the present bibliometric study was conducted to portray India’s research and development profile in TB research.



Maharana, R.K. (2015), "Mapping of Tuberculosis (TB) research in India during 2004-2013: a bibliometric analysis", Collection Building, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 102-111.



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