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Publication productivity and scholarly impact of academic librarians in Tanzania: A scientometric analysis

Alfred Said Sife (Sokoina National Agricultural Library, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania)
Edda Tandi Lwoga (Directorate of Library Services, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 5 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this scientometric study was to conduct an analysis of the research productivity and scholarly impact of academic librarians in Tanzania for a period of 30 years from 1984 to 2013.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were obtained using the Publish or Perish software which uses Google Scholar to retrieve scholars’ publications, citations and related metrics. For each librarian, the retrieved metrics were the number of papers, papers per author, citation counts, average citations per paper, average papers per author, average citations per year, average citations per author and four indices, namely, the h-index, g-index, Hc-index and the HI-norm.

Findings

The study findings indicate that 434 publications were recorded for all librarians, giving an average of 14.5 publications per year. The year 2008 had the most (9.9 per cent) publications followed by 2010 (7.8 per cent), while the years 1985 and 1987 had the lowest (0.2 per cent) number of publications. About 43 per cent of the publications were single-authored and the degree of collaboration was 0.57. The top-ten ranked librarians contributed more than half (53.2 per cent) of all publications, although they showed considerable variation among different metrics. Only three journal articles had 25 or more citations.

Originality/value

Previous studies on the topic are scarce, and, therefore, this paper provides useful recommendations to library and information science (LIS) schools, libraries and universities to improve research productivity of their academic librarians in Tanzania and other countries with a similar setting.

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Citation

Said Sife, A. and Tandi Lwoga, E. (2014), "Publication productivity and scholarly impact of academic librarians in Tanzania: A scientometric analysis", New Library World, Vol. 115 No. 11/12, pp. 527-541. https://doi.org/10.1108/NLW-04-2014-0038

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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