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Is the Indian Library and Information Science Research Interdisciplinary?: A Case Study Based on the Indian Citation Index Database

Is the Indian Library and Information Science Research Interdisciplinary?: A Case Study Based on the Indian Citation Index Database
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Author(s): Swapan Kumar Patra (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa) and Anup Kumar Das (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 20
Source title: Handbook of Research on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Library and Information Science
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Anna Kaushik (University of Kota, India), Ashok Kumar (Maharishi Markandeshwar University (Deemed), India) and Payel Biswas (Institute of Urban Transport, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9825-1.ch013

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Abstract

This chapter is an attempt to map the interdisciplinary nature of Indian library and information science (LIS) research. For this purpose, citation information of 28 Indian LIS journals is considered from Indian Citation Index (ICI) database. ICI is a bibliographic and citation database of research journals published from India. In order to understand the anatomical pattern of citations, social networking software UCINET is used to map the citation network. The result shows that self-citations (about 23%) are the prevalent pattern of citations among Indian LIS journals. Beside this, citation pattern at large is confined to the subject of LIS (about 93%) area. Further, the analysis also shows that about 7% of articles are cited from non-LIS journals. However, citations of non-LIS fields are from a closely related field, for example, general science and technology, computer science, and so on. Thus, it can be concluded that Indian LIS research does not show true interdisciplinary nature.

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