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Publication date: 3 November 2014

Nagaraja Aragudige and M Vasanthakumar

This paper aims to analyse the impact of open-access (OA) journals in engineering and technology institutions, if libraries are not subscribed to the journals through the…

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Purpose

This paper aims to analyse the impact of open-access (OA) journals in engineering and technology institutions, if libraries are not subscribed to the journals through the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) mandatory packages. In India, many engineering colleges do not subscribe to journals through business subscription models or consortia and invariably a majority of them depend on OA journals to fulfil their users’ needs.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper identifies the impact factors of mandatory journals made in big-deal subscriptions with the impact factors of OA journals available to access in Directory of OA Journals pertaining to engineering and technology.

Findings

The study reveals that journals subscribed through big-deal subscriptions have better impact in the scholarly communications than the OA journals.

Research limitations/implications

The results of this study cannot be generalized to all disciplines. Impact factors of journals can also be calculated by use of SCImago Journal Rank indicator, which uses the Scopus database. Publish or Perish can also be used to analyse Google Scholar rankings to identify the individual journal’s impact.

Originality/value

The result of the study is useful for selection of e-journals in big-deal subscriptions and it highlights the implications and impact of OA journals in engineering and technology.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 32 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 15 February 2011

Aragudige Nagaraja, Shine A. Joseph, Hyla H. Polen and Kevin A. Clauson

The aim of this paper is to assess and catalogue the magnitude of URL attrition in a high‐impact, open access (OA) general medical journal.

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Purpose

The aim of this paper is to assess and catalogue the magnitude of URL attrition in a high‐impact, open access (OA) general medical journal.

Design/methodology/approach

All Public Library of Science Medicine (PLoS Medicine) articles for 2005‐2007 were evaluated and the following items were assessed: number of entries per issue; type of article; number of references per entry; number of references that contained URLs; and the access date listed for each URL citation. URLs were then evaluated for accessibility status (i.e. active or defunct).

Findings

In total, 1,133 articles were published from 2005‐2007 in PLoS Medicine. The 1,133 articles contained 28,177 references, with 2,503 (8.9 per cent) identified as URLs. Non‐research articles accounted for a substantially higher percentage of URL references (17.4 per cent) compared to research articles (4.2 per cent). Almost 17 per cent of the URL references were defunct and the rate of URL attrition increased as time elapsed.

Research limitations/implications

Information management policy makers need to re‐examine the importance of preserving the internet materials long term. Both publisher and author should expand efforts to preserve internet materials. Common guidelines should be developed (e.g. by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) and implemented by all publishers to address URL use as references.

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This article will be of interest to those in the field.

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Program, vol. 45 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 22 November 2011

Aragudige Nagaraja, K.C. Gangadhar and M. Vasanthakumar

Library consortia have played a vital role in sharing information resources among participating libraries. In India, engineering college libraries subscribe to many…

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Purpose

Library consortia have played a vital role in sharing information resources among participating libraries. In India, engineering college libraries subscribe to many electronic resources through the Indian Digital Library of Engineering Science and Technology (INDEST) consortium. This paper aims to identify the collection development of electronic resources through INDEST to predict the most required and useful model for engineering colleges.

Design/methodology/approach

The list of colleges that subscribe to electronic resources through INDEST was studied online and analyzed.

Findings

It is evident that most colleges only subscribed IEL online through INDEST. Some colleges have subscribed to different resources from more than one publisher. The bundles of resources subscribed through INDEST have not fully supported all the courses offered by the institutions. It is revealed that the bibliographical databases for searching the literature in technological sciences were not subscribed to by any colleges participating in INDEST.

Originality/value

The results of this study are useful for engineering college libraries to develop the collection of online journals in the digital era.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 29 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 6 July 2015

Aragudige Nagaraja and A.B Prashanth

This study aims to analyze the resources used in the citations of 156 postgraduate dissertations submitted to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS…

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Purpose

This study aims to analyze the resources used in the citations of 156 postgraduate dissertations submitted to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) through the Acharya & BM Reddy College of Pharmacy (ABMRCP), and prepares the core journal list according to the Bradford’s law of scattering. For any research and academic institutional libraries, books and journals are considered as key resources. As the resources are more and diverse, collection building is a tough task for librarians. Citation analysis is one of the best methods to list the most used resources by the users. The paper highlights the extent use of in-house resources and open access journals in the citations.

Design/methodology/approach

Citations of PG dissertations during 2010-2013 (four years) were compiled, the data about the resources cited in each were taken and the list of resources used in PG dissertations was prepared. The list of core journals obtained by citation analysis was matched with the list of online journals provided by Health Science Library & Information Network (HELINET) of RGUHS as well as print list of journals subscribed by ABMRCP Library, and evaluated the print and online consortia journals used by ABMRCP community. The list of core journals’ ranking in the SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) list-pharmaceutical sciences was identified to know the impact of the journals.

Findings

The study gives the list of different information resources cited in the pharmacy dissertations. The core list obtained by applying the Bradford’s law of scattering in this study has 19 journals pertaining to pharmacy. After matching the core list with the Keogh’s list, it is found that 31 journals can be considered very useful in the field of pharmacy. Twelve journals listed in the core list have different positions in the SJR ranking 2013. The results indicate that open-access journals with online journals subscribed through HELINET and print holdings have been cited more in the PG dissertations.

Originality/value

The topic of journal use in this case may be of greatest interest to those who purchase journals in the sciences and, very specifically, the pharmaceutical sciences.

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Collection Building, vol. 34 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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