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The cross-country evaluation of nuclear science and technology publications

Fayaz Ahmad Loan (Centre of Central Asian Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India)
Ufaira Yaseen Shah (Centre of Central Asian Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India)

Collection and Curation

ISSN: 2514-9326

Article publication date: 14 September 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to measure the quality of nuclear science and technology research using the scientometric indicators, like activity index, attractivity index and publication efficiency index.

Design/methodology/approach

The present scientometric study is based on the bibliographic data extracted from the core collection of the Web of Science database from 1989 to 2019. The data was collected using the advanced search feature, with a search string of 28 related terms. The bibliographic data for all the journal articles, excluding all other formats, was downloaded for statistical analysis.

Findings

The present study highlights the growth pattern and the research efforts devoted to the field of nuclear science and technology worldwide, as reflected through the Core Collection of the Web of Science database, for 31 years from 1989 to 2019. The USA has emerged as the topmost producer, with a total share of almost 29% with respect to the world literature followed by Japan, Germany, France and UK. However, the relative citation impact has been the highest for Netherlands followed by the USA, Germany, France and UK, respectively. The study depicted that the activity index, also called as the relative performance indicator, has been the highest for the USA, whereas the attractivity index has been the highest for China, indicating its dominance in attracting citations to its publications in the field of nuclear science and technology. The publication efficiency index, the value has been the maximum for Iran, for which the value has been greater than 1 (1.618). The measure suggests that Iran’s research effectiveness in the field of nuclear science and technology has been more than the research effort devoted to the field.

Research limitations/implications

The paper was based on the data retrieved from a single database, and the results may vary across other databases. Hence, caution should be taken while generalizing the findings.

Originality/value

Several scientometric studies have taken place in the field of nuclear science and technology, particularly in its allied branches, but none of the studies has focused on evaluating the research efforts carried out by the countries in terms of activity index, attractivity index and publication efficiency index, and the present study is an attempt to fill the gap.

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Citation

Loan, F.A. and Shah, U.Y. (2023), "The cross-country evaluation of nuclear science and technology publications", Collection and Curation, Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 34-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/CC-10-2021-0029

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