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Research output of librarians in the field of library and information science in Nigeria: a bibliometric analysis from 2000-March, 2018

Chukwuma Clement Okeji (Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Nigeria)

Collection and Curation

ISSN: 2514-9326

Article publication date: 9 October 2018

Issue publication date: 11 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to analyze the growth of academic librarians’ research output in Nigeria; it examined their research productivity and determined the authorship pattern and degree of collaboration.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 1,106 articles were retrieved from Current index to Journals in Education and Library, Information Science and Technology Abstract databases for the period 2000-March 2018.

Findings

The study revealed that only few authors are productive in the field of Library and Information Science in Nigeria during the period under study. The author productivity pattern is, therefore, in agreement with Lotka’s Law of inverse square. Top journals in which the academic librarians in Nigeria publish their works were identified. Of the 153 recognized universities in Nigeria, the study revealed that only few universities are productive. The years 2011 and 2012 recorded the highest contributions by the academic librarians. The findings also showed a high level of teamwork with most publications being produced jointly.

Research limitations/implications

The limitation of this study is that it only retrieved articles that were indexed by Current index to Journals in Education and Library, Information Science and Technology Abstract. Secondly, articles published by the academic librarians in local journals in Nigeria that are not indexed and not visible are not included in the study.

Originality/value

The findings call for researchers in developing countries to recognize that it is important to publish a substantial number of papers in journals that are indexed and are widely visible.

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Citation

Okeji, C.C. (2019), "Research output of librarians in the field of library and information science in Nigeria: a bibliometric analysis from 2000-March, 2018", Collection and Curation, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 53-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/CC-04-2018-0012

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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