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Visibility and growth of LIS research publications: a Scopus based analysis of select open access journals during 2001 to 2015

Nilaranjan Barik (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, India)
Puspanjali Jena (PG Department of Library and Information Science, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 3 September 2019

Issue publication date: 20 September 2019




This study aims to establish an idea on visibility and growth of research publications of select Library and Information Science (LIS) open access journals indexed in Scopus database during the period 2001-2015.


The study covers its scope to the research publications published during the period 2001-2015. All retrieved data were analyzed using bibliometric methods. The data of the select journals were searched in Scopus database using the name of the journal as search term in source of the database.


The results of the study reveal that visibility of LIS research articles in country based, university/ institution based, types of document based, authors based and citation based is significant. Authors from 83 countries and 990 universities/ institutions across the world have published their research in such LIS open access journals. The American and European countries are the leaders among all contributing countries and “Article” is the most popular types of documents with 61.37 per cent publications. The citation impact of publications shows an average 8.08 citations per publication.


The study raises concern on the global visibility of LIS research publications. Authors from underdeveloped countries do not prefer to publish their publications in open channel. Also government and other research bodies of these countries do not give proper weightage to the publications in open access journals. So, the study intends to assess the visibility of LIS research publications and their growth pattern.



Barik, N. and Jena, P. (2019), "Visibility and growth of LIS research publications: a Scopus based analysis of select open access journals during 2001 to 2015", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 36 No. 7, pp. 1-11.



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