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✇ Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS)

Scientometric study of global mucormycosis (black fungus) research

1 de Dezembro de 2021, 00:00
Title: Scientometric study of global mucormycosis (black fungus) research Authors: LR, Rahul; P, Nishy Abstract: Mucormycosis, a rare infection, caught the attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many COVID-19 and postCOVID-19 patients were infected by the black fungus. This study presents a scientometric review of 6661 research articles related to mucormycosis published from 1947 to 2021 indexed in Scopus and Web of Science. The study analyses the publications quantitatively in terms of growth, collaboration, countries, institutions, journals, keywords, and impact (citation) using the Bib-Excel and visualized in the VOSviewer tool. The highest number of publications on mucormycosis research is from the USA, followed by India, China, Germany, France, and Japan. Most of the research collaborations are among institutions in Europe and the USA. The University of Texas-USA is the most productive institute followed by PGIMER-India. However, the papers from Indian institutes have a significantly lower citation impact than those from the other leading countries. Since most international research is restricted among a few institutes, the international collaboration in mucormycosis research needs to be enhanced for high-quality research. The analysis of author-assigned keywords showed that the studies on the drug isavuconazole to treat mucormycosis are lesser than other major drugs. The research on surgical management of mucormycosis can be improved. Research on the diagnosis methods for mucormycosis and the genetic studies on the causative fungi of the order Mucorales are to be promoted. There are a few studies on Rhizomucor, Lichtheimia, Cunninghamella, Saksenaea, and Apophysomyces, among the several fungi genera that cause mucormycosis. Since mucormycosis is becoming more prevalent and severely affecting a larger population as a post-COVID syndrome, research in this area should be strengthened and new drugs should be explored. Page(s): 376-388
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The age of librarians as a driver of change in social attitudes

1 de Dezembro de 2021, 00:00
Title: The age of librarians as a driver of change in social attitudes Authors: Wojciechowska, Maja Abstract: Human capital is one of the most valuable resources of libraries. The age of librarians is a variable that may affect their attitudes and behaviours. The purpose of the paper is to pinpoint such correlations. The paper presents the results of research conducted among librarians in 20 countries of the world analysing the impact of age on individual social capital, social activity, social attitudes, civic engagement, level of trust, attitude to patrons and professional preferences. The research was conducted based on the Questionnaire for the Measurement of Individual Social Capital (KPIKS) developed by the Polish psychologist Rafał Styła. The study confirms that there is a correlation between age and attitude and behavioural changes. The age of librarians statistically and significantly differentiates their behaviour and social attitudes. The results may be used in library management processes, e.g. in the area of task and role allocation. Page(s): 355-365
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Publisher interest in citations: An analysis of Scopus database

1 de Dezembro de 2021, 00:00
Title: Publisher interest in citations: An analysis of Scopus database Authors: Satish, N G Abstract: Publisher interest in citation to journal articles is an important variable that affect scholarly communication. The focus of citation studies is often on individual journal titles and Journal Impact Factors. The present study analyses the citation related data in the context of publishers represented in Scopus for the years 2016-2018. The results indicate a significant skewness in citations per document for 25 major publishers. Science academies and society publications, along with those publishers with fewer journals represented in Scopus, seem to be on the losing end in harnessing citation impact. Analysis points to the possible influence of publisher branding in the context of citation impact. Page(s): 349-354
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International collaboration and high citation impact – A case analysis of immunology

1 de Dezembro de 2021, 00:00
Title: International collaboration and high citation impact – A case analysis of immunology Authors: Satish, N G Abstract: Bibliometricians emphasize on international collaboration to enhance the citation impact of research publications. However, Mathew Effect for Countries brings out that the citation impact is not uniformly distributed to all country affiliations. The present study explores whether international collaboration helps in neutralizing the origin of country bias. The study explores this with productivity, author affiliation and citation data from Scopus for the immunology papers for the year 2018. The data considered pertain to India and four comparator countries which are high on international collaboration, namely Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The results point to playout of Mathew Effect and possible confirmation of social constructivist argument of citation practices. Page(s): 366-375
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The problem of credit in research evaluation – the case of Economics

1 de Setembro de 2021, 00:00
Title: The problem of credit in research evaluation – the case of Economics Authors: Crespo, Nuno; Simões, Nádia Abstract: The measurement of scientific performance is usually done giving the full credit of each paper to all its authors. Aiming to analyze the impact of the number of authors on the performance, we propose an adjustment to the h-index that is flexible enough to allow the consideration of distinct co-authorship weighting schemes. We then evaluate the publication performance of the members of the departments of economics of the top 10 world universities. Our results show that the number of authors per paper is rapidly increasing and that this dimension measurably affects the final ranking of authors even in a subject area where the average number of authors is lower than in physical and life sciences. Page(s): 225-229
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Exploring 120 years of Indian physics and astronomy journals

1 de Setembro de 2021, 00:00
Title: Exploring 120 years of Indian physics and astronomy journals Authors: Das, Gopinath; Das, Amit Kumar; Dutta, Bidyarthi Abstract: This paper traces one hundred and twenty years journey of Indian physics and astronomy journals. Of the 122 journals that have been published since 1902, 36 journals have ceased publication. The oldest physics related article was published in 1788 in Asiatick Researches, the first Indian research periodical. The oldest Indian astronomy journal Publications of the Maharaja Takhtasingji Observatory came into being in 1902 from Pune and ceased in 1912. The oldest Indian physics journal Bhoutika Kalanidhi or The Treasury of the Physical Sciences started in the year 1911 from Madras (present-day Chennai) and ceased in 1919. In all, 53% of journals belong to broad science discipline but publish articles on physics and astronomy regularly along with other major science disciplines followed by 35% and 12% journals strictly belong to the subject areas, physics, and astronomy respectively. It is observed that nearly 50% of journals are indexed by the Indian Citation Index, while 20% of journals are indexed by the Indian Citation Index, Scopus, and Web of Science. Also, 30% of journals are not indexed by any citation database. In the 120 year period, the highest number of seven journals came into being in the year 2012. Page(s): 238-257
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Adoption of electronic books in a higher education setting: an exploratory case study based on Diffusion of Innovation and Garner’s Hype Cycle paradigms

1 de Setembro de 2021, 00:00
Title: Adoption of electronic books in a higher education setting: an exploratory case study based on Diffusion of Innovation and Garner’s Hype Cycle paradigms Authors: Jayasundara, Chaminda Chiran Abstract: The purpose of this research was to examine the status of library users' adoption of e-books in line with Rogers's Diffusion of Innovation (DOI) theory and Gartner’s Hype Cycle (GHC) Model in the context of Fiji National University (FNU). The FNU Library introduced e-books to its user community in 2014. Purposively chosen 40 undergraduate students from the College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies were selected as the sample to conduct in-depth interviews. The study revealed that the participants' e-book adoption habits were primarily divided among early adopters, early majority, and late majority. The results disclosed many factors that influence the adoption of e-books, such as familiarity with the technology, personal taste, exposure to trial access, use of preferred access devices and enthusiasm for reading. Findings indicate that e-books adoption of university undergraduates in line with the DOI and GHC paradigms has substantiated how the underpinning theories could help interpret the adoption of e-books in teaching and learning environment. Thus, this research will help librarians and educators develop a robust mechanism for better understanding the inherent status-quo of e-book usage in higher education institutions. These research findings will also help develop strategies that can significantly enhance universities' traditional teaching and learning performance with emerging technologies. Page(s): 258-267
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Altmetrics and social network analysis of economics, econometrics and finance research: the case study of Turkey

1 de Junho de 2021, 00:00
Title: Altmetrics and social network analysis of economics, econometrics and finance research: the case study of Turkey Authors: Ergüt, Özlem; Camkıran, Ceren Abstract: Increase in the use of social media has enabled academic studies to be spoken and shared on these platforms. With the widespread use of these networks, concepts such as the number of shares, as well as the number of citations have been among the conspicuous determinants on the visibility, popularity or even usefulness of research works. In this study, Mendeley reader activities and features of 1560 articles that were written by Turkish authors in the field of Economics, Econometrics and Finance between 2016-2018 in Scopus were analysed. By calculating the correlation between citations and Mendeley readership counts, it has been investigated whether Mendeley reader statistics are able to be evaluated as an alternative metric for citations. International cooperation with social network analysis was also evaluated. According to Mendeley results, the articles have a wide audience from various disciplines and different statuses. Correlation between citations and readership counts was statistically significant. When network structure is evaluated, international cooperation has become more concentrated over the years. Page(s): 101-109
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Library and information science theses in Shodhganga repository: a study

1 de Junho de 2021, 00:00
Title: Library and information science theses in Shodhganga repository: a study Authors: Mir, Aasif Ahmad; Sevukan, Rathinam Abstract: The study aims to analyse the availability, visibility, impact, and trend of LIS PhD theses deposited in Shodhganga. Data for the study were obtained from Shodhganga ETD repository (http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/) and Google Scholar till December 2019. Ninety six Indian universities have deposited 1767LIS theses in the Shodhganga repository. Detailed analysis of the top five universities contributing to Shodhganga reveals that only 15.68% of the theses were cited. Theses from Savitribai Phule Pune University received the maximum number of citations. Most productive research guides in LIS research based on e-theses in Shodhganga have also been identified. Page(s): 95-100
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Preservation and digitization in modern and heritage libraries of Jammu Province (J&K): an analytical study

1 de Junho de 2021, 00:00
Title: Preservation and digitization in modern and heritage libraries of Jammu Province (J&K): an analytical study Authors: Sharma, Sheetal Abstract: Twenty-two heritage and modern libraries in the Jammu province of Jammu & Kashmir were studied to understand the digitization status and types of services offered to users. Much of the data were collected from the respective institutes/library websites wherever these were available. For libraries that did not have websites or where the websites were not updated, the librarians of the institutes were interviewed to gather data. The findings show that most of these libraries maintain a unique collection of manuscripts and rare documents of historical importance that need to be preserved for future generations. A few of the libraries have initiated digitization projects to preserve the rare collection of documents. We recommend that the information scientists in Jammu province should continuously make efforts to take up the process of digitization in libraries to serve their users in an effective manner and preserve the knowledge for future generations. Page(s): 119-126
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Challenges and opportunities of academic libraries in India because of COVID-19

1 de Junho de 2021, 00:00
Title: Challenges and opportunities of academic libraries in India because of COVID-19 Authors: Chakraborty, Sukla; Jana, Siladitya Abstract: The paper discusses the impact of the current pandemic caused by COVID-19 on the academic libraries in India. It identifies four areas concerned with an academic library namely, space, collection development, service, and the overall management to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by them in view of the COVID-19. It shows how COVID-19 posed several challenges to run the academic libraries in India in comparison to pre-COVID-19 period regarding these areas. It also presents the opportunities to the libraries. It suggests that that if the libraries use these opportunities, it may prove to be beneficial to it in the long run. Page(s): 110-118
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Growth of Indian library and information science literature: A study of Annals of Library and Information Studies

1 de Dezembro de 2020, 00:00
Title: Growth of Indian library and information science literature: A study of Annals of Library and Information Studies Authors: Qadri, Saima; Shukla, Archana Abstract: The growth of the LIS literature of 1985-90 and 2005-2010 as reflected through Annals of Library and Information Studies is studied. The paper examines the year-wise growth of the library and information science literature, subjects covered during the specified periods, the most used form of literature, authorship pattern, and most cited journals. Among other things, the study finds that a few areas of research such as ICT applications in LIS are more during the period 2005-2010. Page(s): 209-214
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Constructionists’ approaches to information literacy: exploring Savolainen’s everyday life information seeking in information literacy research

1 de Dezembro de 2020, 00:00
Title: Constructionists’ approaches to information literacy: exploring Savolainen’s everyday life information seeking in information literacy research Authors: Lawal, Vicki; Bitso, Connie Abstract: This paper explores current issues in information literacy specifically as it relates to Savolainen’s literary work on Everyday Life Information Seeking. It aims to examine how information literacy research has evolved and how Savolainen’s work derived from a social constructionists’ approach contribute to current information literacy thinking and practice. The methodology used is conceptual analysis. Based on the outcome of the literature review and analysis of the research questions of the paper, the importance of the concepts of information literacy and Everyday Life Information Seeking are emphasised in ways that contribute to previous research and aspects relating to under-studied areas of information literacy research. Page(s): 231-239
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Examining the relationship between academic book citations and Goodreads reader opinion and rating

1 de Dezembro de 2020, 00:00
Title: Examining the relationship between academic book citations and Goodreads reader opinion and rating Authors: Kadiresan, N; Singson, Mangkhollen; Thiyagarajan, S Abstract: Although the traditional bibliometric citation database is an established academic impact assessment source, in this paper, we examine the role of social media impact on academic books. We identified the highly cited books in Scopus and compared the citations with ratings and reviews on the Goodreads website. R stat was used to extract the data from Goodreads website. We found that there is an uneven distribution of Goodreads rating and reviews. Social science books received the highest number of user‘s ratings, reviews and citations. The study finds that there is no relationship between citation counts and Goodreads ratings and reviews count in social science books. Although social science books generated the highest number of studies and engagement by the readers, there seems to be no evidence to suggest that this engagement results in an academic citation. Whereas, a correlation was observed between health science books citations and Goodreads overall rating, as with physical science book reviews and Google Scholar citation counts. Page(s): 215-221
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Information evaluation skills of social science researchers: an assessment

1 de Dezembro de 2020, 00:00
Title: Information evaluation skills of social science researchers: an assessment Authors: Singh, Rajesh; Kumar, Shailendra Abstract: To assess the information evaluation skills of social science researchers, data was collected using questionnaires from 520 respondents belonging to 4 universities in Delhi. Analysis of data shows that 66.9% of researchers had information evaluation skills (IES). Among the institutions studied, researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and those from the field of economics, and those respondents having less than one-year research experience were found to have a higher level of information evaluation skills. Page(s): 222-230
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Use of social bookmarking sites by research scholars of central universities in North India

1 de Junho de 2018, 00:00
Title: Use of social bookmarking sites by research scholars of central universities in North India Authors: Asmi, Nowsheeba Ashraf; Madhusudhan, Margam Abstract: A structured questionnaire survey was carried out on a sample population of 720 research scholars in twelve Central Universities of North India. Five hundred and ninety-seven filled-in questionnaires were received and analysed. The findings indicate that research scholars usually use bookmarking tags to organize the online research-related resources. LibraryThing is the most used SBS for building a personal library with links, pages, notes, and pictures. The study recommends that university libraries should help the research scholars to locate required resources and stresses upon the responsibility of library professionals and research supervisors to motivate the research scholars to effectively use SBSs for their research work. Page(s): 105-111
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Copyright issues in the academic environment

1 de Junho de 2018, 00:00
Title: Copyright issues in the academic environment Authors: Jana, Siladitya Abstract: The paper highlights the issues in the prominent copyright case between some big publishers and a Delhi University photocopy shop. The paper also addresses the question whether the present copyright system in India requires a relook in view of the changing socio-economic conditions of our society and the world at large. Concludes that supporting students and researchers in their study and research are essential and some changes are required in the present copyright toward this end. Open Access (OA) publishing is a step in that direction. Page(s): 100-104
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A bibliometric analysis of automatic and semi-automatic ontology construction processes

1 de Junho de 2018, 00:00
Title: A bibliometric analysis of automatic and semi-automatic ontology construction processes Authors: Dutta, Biswanath; Sinha, Prashant Kumar Abstract: Through a bibliometric analysis, the paper reveals the current state and the global research trend in the areas of automatic ontology construction process (AOCP) and semi-automatic ontology construction process (SOCP) during the period of 2000-2016. Scopus, GoogleScholar and Scitepress digital library were used to extract the data for analysis. The study revealed that the majority of the works were published in conference proceedings. China was found to be the most contributing country in this area followed by USA, France, and Spain. The University of Karlsruhe contributed the maximum publications in both AOCP and SOCP whereas Peking University contributed largely to AOCP and Jozef Stefan Institute contributed largely only to SOCP. The majority of the researchers were from computer science background but a significant number of researchers were also from other disciplines including engineering and allied operations, library and information science, management and auxiliary services, making this research area truly interdisciplinary. Page(s): 112-121
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Assessment of user preference to information resources in agricultural libraries in north India

1 de Junho de 2018, 00:00
Title: Assessment of user preference to information resources in agricultural libraries in north India Authors: Bhat, Nazir Ahmad; Ganai, Shabir Ahmad Abstract: Through a survey, this study assesses the preference of users with regard to print and electronic information resources in agricultural libraries of north India and to identify the preferred mode of access thereof. The required data were collected, employing questionnaires and through telephonic surveys. Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) was used for analysing the data. The level of association between the user preference and the corresponding variable was derived through Chi Squared (χ2) Test. It is found that the users of agricultural libraries in north India use information resources almost equally both in print and electronic forms, although online resources are favored over print as they are ‘easy to search and retrieve’, ‘easy and quick to access’ and ‘more up-to-date’ than their print counterparts. Page(s): 96-99
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