Library Philosophy and Practice 2011
Citation Analysis of Authorship and Articles Characterization in††Technology and Development: A Journal of Scientific and Technological Research
Ibrahim Babangida Library
The productivity of authors is determined to a large extent by the number of their contribution in journals and other information resources. The purpose of this study is to carry out citation analysis of author and the articles characterization of the Technology and Development Journal.† The Technology and Development: A Journal of Scientific and Technological Research is an interdisciplinary journal aimed at promoting research works †in science and technology in the areas of agriculture, engineering, environmental science, natural sciences, scientific and technical communication, technology education and other related areas relevant to technological development. †The journal is published by Federal University of Technology Yola and intended to be issued twice annually i.e. in (June and December) with a median edition in May, 1991. However, from the investigation by the researchers, it showed that the journal has turned to be an annual publication.††
Objectives of the study
†This study seeks to determine:
1.The number of articles published in each volume †of the journal;
2.How many references are cited in terms of journal articles, books and others;
3.†The level of author collaboration;
4.Authors institutional affiliation;
5.The subject coverage of the articles published;
6.The geographical spread of authors.
1. How many articles are published in each volume of the journal?
2. How many references are cited in terms of journals articles, books and others?
3. What is the level of authorsí collaboration?
4. What are the authorsí institutional affiliations?
5. What is the subject coverage in the each volume?
6. What is the geographical spread of the authors?
Citation analysis involves examining an itemís referring documents (citation). It is used in searching for materials and analyzing their merit (LISWIKI, 2009). Sam and Tackie (2007) defined citation analysis as a wide ranging area of bibliometrics that studies the citation to and from documents. Such studies may focus on the documents themselves or on such matters as their authors, the journals articles. According to Aina (1993) a study of the characteristics of the literature of any subject field is considered particularly important given the fact that it leads to the understanding of the discipline. Aliyu and Isah (2006) conducted a study on characteristics of authors in Educational Forum: A journal of the Faculty of Education University of Maiduguri. They reported that 143 authors contributed 133 articles in the five volumes covered in the study. The most published department was education. The most productive author has seven articles from Health Education Department and majority of the contributors are from University of Maiduguri. In a similar study by Abubakar and Garba (2007) on analysis of articles in the Information Technologist Journal, revealed that a total of 44 articles were published in the three issues (2004-2006) covered in the study, majority of the published articles were empirical research, majority of the articles were on Nigerian scene (34) while the 2006 issue had the highest number of articles of 20 out of the total number (44). Furthermore, a study by Tiew; Abrizah and Kiran (2002) on Malaysia Journal of Library and Information Science 1996-2000: A bibliometric study showed that a total of 76 articles were published in the five volumes of the journal. The most prolific author contributed 12 articles, 36 (45%) of the authors are geographically affiliated to Malaysia; the most productive institution and faculty is Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaysia, while single authored articles were36 (47.4%). Hawkins(2001) carried a study on bibliometrics of electronic journals in information science revealed that most of the articles in theses journals originate from United States, and are authored by single person.† Academic institutions contribute heavily to the information science e-journals literature.
The research design for this study is bibliometrics and data for this study were obtained from the articles published in Technology and Development Journal of volumes (1-5) 1991 to 1995. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, tables, frequency and percentages.
TABLE 1:†††† Number of Articles per issue
Table 1: shows that a total of Ninety-six (96) articles were published in the five volumes of the journal, volume 1 has the highest number of articles of 23 (23.96%) while volume 4 had the least of 15 (15.63%) articles.
TABLE 2:†††† Numbers of Cited References
Table 2: shows that a total of 1421 cited references from all sources of information in the five volumes of the Technology and Development Journal. Journals citation amount to 771 (54.26%), books 324 (22.80%) while others 326 (22.94%).
TABLE 3:†††† Level of Authorship collaboration
Table 3: shows the distribution of authors levels of collaboration of the articles from the five volumes of Technology and Development Journal. The table revealed that single authored articles with the highest number of 45(47.37%), two authors ranked second with 40 (42.11%) while 5 (5.26%) for three and four authored articles.
TABLE 4††††† Authors Institutional Affiliations
Table 4: Shows authors institutional affiliation which indicate that 148 (92.50%) of the total contributors are from universities, with least contributors from colleges of education of 1 (0.62%) from all the five volumes of the Technology and Development Journal. The high number from universities presupposes the fact that research publication is emphasized as perquisite for academic promotion or growth in universities.
TABLE 5:††† Subjects Coverage of Articles
Table 5: shows subjects coverage of articles in the five volumes of the journal. Natural sciences is ranked highest with 46 (47.42%) of the total of 97 articles, followed by agriculture with 27 (27.84%) while the least is the environmental sciences with 5 (5.16%) articles.
TABLE 6:††† †Geographical Locations of Authors
Table 6: shows the distribution of authors by geographical area. The table revealed a total of 158 geographical areas both within and outside Nigeria. The number of geographical area (158) is higher than the number of articles 97, due to the fact that some articles reflects more than one geographical area particularly co-authored articles. From the table Yola has the highest score of 50 (31.17%), Jos 29(18.35%), Maiduguri 17 (10.76%), while articles from Glasgow, UK, Wales, UK and Ghana had 2 (1.27%), 1(0.63%) and 1(0.63%) respectively in the analysis of the five volumes of the Technology and Development Journal.
The initial intention of the publishers to publish the journal twice annually could not be achieved, that is why it has only five issues (volumes 1-5) in five years with its medium edition that appears in May, 1991.
The number of articles published in the five volumes totaling 96, revealed that the medium edition of May, 1991 has the highest number of 23 articles and least of 15 articles from 1994 issue. The number of cited references revealed journals as the most cited source of 771 citation, this indicate the relevance of journals as a source for current information and one of the essential source of information researchers need for enriching their work.
The level of authorship collaboration indicates that the Technology and Development Journal encourages collaboration of work as 52.63% of the articles are collaborated work of two or more authors, 45 (47.37%) are single authored articles, 40 (42.11%) are two authored articles and 5(5.26%) are three and four authored articles respectively. This kind of collaboration can bring about cross- fertilization of knowledge and ideas by authors.
The findings also showed authorsí institutional affiliations with universities have the highest output of 148 of the total number of 160 authors. This is not far fetch from the fact that the journal is emanating from a university and most researchers will prefer to publish in such journals as one of the highest institutions for research in the academia.
The subject coverage of the five volumes of the Technology and Development Journal revealed that the most covered subjects area are the natural sciences with 46 (47.42%), agriculture 27(27.84) and the least is the environmental sciences 5(5.16%). The geographical locations of authors showed that the Technology and Development Journal had received wider contributions from within and outside Nigeria, however the finding showed that majority of the authors are from Yola 50 (31.65%) and† 29(18.35%) from Jos, both within Nigeria.
The study had conducted citation analysis of authors and articles characterization of the Technology and Development Journal. It found out that a total of 96 articles were published in the five volumes (1-5) of 1991-1995, with the contributions of 95 authors. It also revealed a total of 1421 references cited in the five volumes from journals, books and others sources. Furthermore, authors from universities are the major contributors in the journal and the most covered subject area is the natural sciences. Finally, the geographical location of the authors indicated that most of them are from within Nigeria with few abroad. Finally the researchers recommend that the management of the journal should try to maintain the initial idea of publishing the journal twice a year. Furthermore, there is need to give the journal a wider spread so as †to have international scope for larger contributors.
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