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Library Philosophy and Practice 2012

ISSN 1522-0222

Comparative Research Performance Analyses of the Departments of Botany and Zoology of the University of Burdwan from 1960-2000

Amitava Nandi
Assistant Librarian, Gr.II
University of Burdwan
Department of Library and Information Science

Dr. Amit Kumar Bandyopadhyay
Professor
Zoology Department
University of Burdwan
Golapbag, Burdwan. 713104

Introduction

India invests a huge amount of money and time for the production of doctorates to meet its R&D needs. Evaluation of research institutions is very important for their ranking, proper funding, grant releasing etc. Very few studies have been made to compare and evaluate the research output of the universities and R&D organizations of West Bengal. In recent past NAAC started evaluation of overall activities of the universities of our country. In a 5 to 1 star ranking by NAAC, The University of Burdwan received four-star status, which is later revised to B+. The University of Burdwan was established in 1960 as a rural base university. Since then it has made a considerable contribution in the field of Biological sciences research.

However, no specific effort has been made to evaluate the research contributions of the university. In the present work an attempt is be made to study the comparative research performance of Botany and Zoology department of The University of Burdwan by analysing the awarded theses and related published literature outputs.

Literature Review

A number of scientometric analyses have been carried out during the last two decades to evaluate the research productivity of Indian scientists.

In a study of the literature use pattern by the researchers in the field of Botany: A citation study of doctoral theses, Maheswarappa and Prakash (1982) analysed 2726 references from fifteen doctoral theses in Botany accepted by Mysore University during 1973-1980. They found out the bibliographic forms used, ranked list of core journals, self citation pattern, obsolesence, etc. The average self-citation rate was 3.22%.

Mahapatra (1983) in his thesis prepared a rank list of botany journals analyzing 17802 journal articles. Maheswarappa and Nagappa (1984) studied the Indian phytopathology literature. After analysing 20 dissertations of plant pathology of Rajendra Agricultural University. Lal and Panda (1996) created a ranked list of the 100 most frequently cited core periodicals.

Lal (1993) reported the results of a bibliometric analysis of 4136 citations of articles published in the Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding and prepared a rank list of the 60 most cited primary periodicals. He has also illustrated the contribution of Indian and foreign theses and the authorship pattern revealing that multi authored papers were more in practice.

Begum and Rajendra (1990) in their study observed the dominance of multiple authorship over single authorship in zoological sciences.

Vimala and Pulla Reddy (1996) studied the trend in authorship pattern and collaborative research in zoology with a sample of 19,323 journal citations figured in the theses on zoology accepted for the award of the doctoral degree by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India.

Kumar, S., Kumar, S., and Shah, G (2007) analysed 1429 research papers comprising 1117 articles and 312 short notes published in fifteen volumes, published for the year 1989-2003 in Indian Journal of Entomology. They analysed year wise distribution, length of articles, authorship pattern and calculates collaboration coefficients and most prolific contributors.

Objectives

The objectives of the present study are:

1. To analyse and compare the trend of doctoral research in Botany and Zoology department in the University of Burdwan during 1960-2000.

2. To find out and compare year wise publication productivity in Botany and Zoology department.

3. To study and compare the pattern of authorship collaboration in Botany and Zoology department.

4. To identify and compare the most prolific authors of the Botany and Zoology department with their credit and Impact.

5. The citation scenario of the outstanding authors of Botany and Zoology department.

6. To identify and compare the journal preference of the researchers in which they have communicated their research findings.

7. To find out the country wise distribution of journals.

Methodology

There were 160 no. of Botany and 236 no. of Zoology doctoral dissertations awarded from the department of Botany and Zoology of this University from 1960 to 2000. The published articles appended in these theses and the articles reported in the Annual Reports of the University were taken as the input for the study.

All the bibliographic details of those theses and related articles were noted on separate 8 X 5 inches slips. A computerized database is then created for in-depth analysis.

Analysis

Year-wise distribution of theses over a five year grouping in Botany and Zoology

The year wise thesis submission over a five-year grouping is shown in Table 1. During the time span 1981-1985 the highest 40 number theses were submitted in Botany and during the time span 1986-1990 the highest 64 number theses were submitted in Zoology.

Table 1. Year-Wise Distribution of Theses over a five-year grouping in Botany, and Zoology

Year

No. of Theses In Botany

No. of Theses In Zoology

1960-65

0

0

1966-70

1

0

1971-75

17

5

1976-80

22

31

1981-85

40

52

1986-90

30

64

1991-95

31

47

1996-2000

19

37

Total

160

236

Guide rank of Botany and Zoology Theses during 1960-2000

A ranked list of the guides of the Botany and Zoology Departments of this University is shown in Table 2. D K Chaudhuri (Zoology Department) topped the list with 48 theses, followed by G Majumdar (Zoology Department) with 39 theses, B Nandi (Botany Department) with 22 theses and A K Banerjee (Botany Department) & S Roy (Zoology Department) with 18 theses each. Fig. 1 represents the top 10 supervisors during 1960-2000 within Botany and Zoology.

Table 2. Guide Rank of Botany and Zoology Theses

Rank No

Supervisor Name

No. of Theses

Department

Span of Teaching

1

Deb Kumar Chaudhuri

48

Zoology

1971-1994 (23Yrs)

2

Giridhari Majumdar

39

Zoology

1971-2000 (29yrs)

3

Balen Nandi

22

Botany

1970-2000 (30yrs)

4

Ajit Kumar Banerjee

18

Botany

1966-1995 (29yrs)

4

Subrata Roy

18

Zoology

1969-2000 (31yrs)

6

Salil Kumar Chatterjee

17

Botany

1973-1977 (04yrs)

6

Sudhansu Kumar Ghosal

17

Zoology

1972-2000 (28yrs)

8

Prasanta Kr. Choudhuri

16

Zoology

1977-2000 (23yrs)

9

M A Chawdhuri

15

Botany

1970-2000 (30yrs)

10

Manik Chand Mukherjee

13

Zoology

1971-2000 (29yrs)

11

Param Nath Bhaduri

12

Botany

1978-1989 (11yrs)

11

Siba Prasad Chatterjee

12

Botany

1974-2000 (26yrs)

13

Kajal Gupta

11

Botany

1974-2000 (26yrs)

13

Asit Kumar Sarkar

11

Zoology

1970-1997 (27yrs)

13

Sankar Kumar Moitra

11

Zoology

1969-1992 (23yrs)

16

Saurendra Kumar Roy

10

Botany

1966-1975 (09yrs)

17

Priti Sadhan Basu

9

Botany

1975-2000 (25yrs)

17

Gour Mohan Sinha

9

Zoology

1977-2000 (23yrs)

17

Mohitosh Banerjee

9

Zoology

1978-2000 (22yrs)

20

Samar Chakraborty

7

Zoology

1980-2000 (20yrs)

20

Tara Charan Banerjee

7

Zoology

1977-2000 (23yrs)

22

Jitendra Nath Medda

6

Zoology

1968-2000 (32yrs)

23

Pushpendu Bairagi

5

Botany

1971-1991 (20yrs)

23

C R Maity

5

Zoology

1977-1996 (31yrs)

23

Soumen Kumar Moitra

5

Zoology

1984-2000 (16yrs)

26

Debiprasad Kushari

4

Botany

1975-2000 (25yrs)

26

Pranjit Sarma

4

Botany

1964-2000 (36yrs)

26

Anadi Prasad Nandi

4

Zoology

1978-2000 (22yrs)

29

Anjali Ray

2

Botany

1974-1990 (16yrs)

29

Arun Kumar Biswas

2

Botany

College Teacher

29

Pankaj Kumar Pal

2

Botany

1985-2000 (15yrs)

29

Paragranjan Dasgupta

2

Botany

1986-1995 (09yrs)

29

Prodyot Bhanja

2

Botany

1974-1997 (23yrs)

29

Radhanath Mukherjee

2

Botany

1981-2000 (19yrs)

29

Goutam Chandra

2

Zoology

1991-2000 (09yrs)

29

Padmanabha Chakraborty

2

Zoology

1984-2000 (16yrs)

37

Ambarish Mukherjee

1

Botany

1993-2000 (07yrs)

37

Independently

1

Botany

 

37

Madhuri Some

1

Botany

1971-2000 (29yrs)

37

N C Chatterjee

1

Botany

1991-2000 (09yrs)

37

P K Bhattacharya

1

Botany

1981-2000 (19yrs)

37

P K Mukherjee

1

Botany

1981-2000 (19yrs)

37

Sakuntala Nandi

1

Botany

1981-1993 (12yrs)

37

Samir Chandra Rakshit

1

Botany

1975-1978 (03yrs)

37

U Sen

1

Botany

1970-1997 (27yrs)

37

A K Hazra

1

Zoology

Part Time Teacher

37

Nirmal Chandra Sukul

1

Zoology

Part Time Teacher

37

S K Dasgupta

1

Zoology

Part Time Teacher

37

Samir Kumar Banerjee

1

Zoology

Part Time Teacher

37

Shyamal Kumar Bose

1

Zoology

Part Time Teacher

37

Somnath Banerjee

1

Zoology

Part Time Teacher

37

Subimal Kr. Chatterjee

1

Zoology

Part Time Teacher

Figure 1

1

Year-wise distribution of articles over a five-year grouping in Botany and Zoology

The article publication over a five-year grouping is shown in Table - 3. During the time span of 1986 to 1990 maximum number (251) of articles was published from Zoology Department followed by 189 articles from Botany Department during 1976 to 1980.

Table 3. Year-Wise Ranking of Articles over a Five-year Grouping in Botany and Zoology

Year

No. of Articles

Department.

1986-90

251

Zoology

1976-80

189

Botany

1991-95

150

Botany

1986-90

149

Botany

1996-2000

141

Botany

1991-95

132

Zoology

1996-2000

122

Zoology

1976-80

111

Zoology

1981-85

102

Botany

1981-85

80

Zoology

1971-75

22

Zoology

1971-75

8

Botany

1966-70

1

Zoology

1960-65

0

Botany

1966-70

0

Botany

1960-65

0

Zoology

Degree of Collaboration of articles in Botany and Zoology

Degree of collaboration among co-authors:- The degree of collaboration among authors is measured by the following formula given by Subramanyam, K (1983).

Nm

C = -------------

Nm + Ns

Where C = Degree of Collaboration.

Nm = Number of multi authored article.

Ns = Number of single authored article.

The degree of collaboration among the Botany and Zoology Departments of this University is presented in Table 4. The highest degree of collaboration is found in Botany Department (0.70) followed by and Zoology Department (0.51).

Table 4. Degree of Collaboration of articles in Botany and Zoology

Department

Degree of Collaboration

Botany

0.70

Zoology

0.51

Most prolific authors in Botany and Zoology during 1960-2000 (according to 1st author)

Considering the name of the first authors only, the most prolific author was P K Choudhuri (Zoology Deptt.) who topped the list with 80 publications followed by M A Choudhuri (Botany Deptt.) with 54 publications, D K Choudhuri & S Chakraborty (Zoology Deptt.) with 49 publications each, A Mukherjee (Botany Deptt.) with 48 publications and S K Ghosal (Zoology Deptt.) with 45 publications,. Table 5 provides a ranked list of authors with their publications while Fig. 2 represent the top 10 authors during 1960-2000 (considering the 1st author only). The first authors of the articles who produced at least 10 articles are only taken into consideration for preparing the ranked list.

Table 5. Author ranking of Botany and Zoology articles (considering the 1st author only)

Rank No

Author Name

No. of articles

Department

1

Choudhuri, P K

80

Zoology

2

Choudhuri, M A

54

Botany

3

Choudhuri, D K

49

Zoology

3

Chakraborty, S

49

Zoology

5

Mukherjee, A

48

Botany

6

Ghosal, S K

45

Zoology

7

Majumdar, G

44

Zoology

7

Moitra, S K

44

Zoology

9

Sarkar, A K

34

Zoology

10

Sinha, G M

32

Zoology

11

Basu, P S

31

Botany

12

Gupta, K

30

Botany

13

Chakraborty, P

28

Zoology

14

Nandi, B

27

Botany

14

Chandra, G

27

Zoology

16

Roy, S

26

Zoology

17

Kushari, D P

24

Botany

17

Biswas, A K

24

Botany

17

Mukhopadhyay, M C

24

Zoology

20

Chottopadhyay, N C

22

Botany

20

Medda, J N

22

Zoology

22

Basu, S

18

Botany

23

Mukherjee, A K

17

Botany

23

Mallick, E H

17

Botany

23

Chatterjee, S P

17

Botany

26

Banerjee, T C

15

Zoology

27

Khan, R I

14

Botany

28

Mukhopadhyay, R

13

Botany

28

Ghosh, M L

13

Botany

30

Pal, P K

11

Botany

31

Roy, S K

10

Botany

Figure 2

2

Co-authorship and credit study for the individual authors in Botany and Zoology

The Co-authorship of an author is calculated by taking the number of papers published by the author as first, second, third, forth, fifth or sixth author. The total credit given for a paper is one. For a single authored article, the author is given a credit point of one. For a double-authored article, each author is given a credit point of 0.5. For a multi-authored paper, the first author is given a credit point of 0.5 and 0.5 credit point is distributed dividing equally among the other authors. The authors who have credited minimum of 5 points are only taken into consideration for preparing the ranked list. The ranked list of authors according to their credit is shown in Table - 6. The most credited author was M A Choudhuri (Botany Department) who topped the list with 97.25 points, followed by P K Choudhuri (Zoology Department) with 62 points, S K Moitra (Zoology Department) with 59.25 points, B Nandi (Botany Department) with 51 points, D K Choudhuri (Zoology Department) with 49.33 points and S Chakraborty (Zoology Department) with 47.16 points. Fig. 3 represent the top 10 credited authors.

Table 6. Authorship and credit study for the individual authors in Botany and Zoology

Rank No.

Author's Name

Total Credit

Department

Specialisations

1

Choudhuri, M A

97.25

Botany

Plant Physiology

2

Choudhuri, P K

62

Zoology

Entomology

3

Moitra, S K

59.25

Zoology

Cell Biology

4

Nandi, B

51

Botany

Microbiology

5

Choudhuri, D K

49.3335

Zoology

Entomology

6

Chakraborty, S

47.1668

Zoology

Cytogenetics

7

Gupta, K

46.4167

Botany

Plant Physiology

8

Majumdar, G

45.5003

Zoology

Parasitology

9

Basu, P S

40

Botany

Microbiology

10

Mukherjee, A

39.25

Botany

Ecology

11

Ghosal, S K

35.7504

Zoology

Cytology & Genetics

12

Sarkar, A K

32

Zoology

Cell Biology

13

Sinha, G M

27.9167

Zoology

Fishery

14

Kushari, D P

26.5

Botany

Ecology

15

Roy, S

23.3334

Zoology

Soil Zoology

16

Mukhopadhyay, M C

22

Zoology

Entomology

17

Chakraborty, P

21.5

Zoology

Fishery

17

Chandra, G

21.5

Zoology

Parasitology

19

Chatterjee, S P

19.1667

Botany

Microbiology

20

Basu, S

18

Botany

Plant Physiology

21

Banerjee, A K

16.75

Botany

Microbiology

22

Chatterjee, N C

15.75

Botany

Plant Pathology

23

Biswas, A K

15.25

Botany

Plant Physiology

24

Mukherjee, A K

15

Botany

Plant Physiology

25

Banerjee, T C

14

Zoology

Ecology

26

Roy, S K

13

Botany

Paleobotany

27

Mukhopadhyay, R

12.75

Botany

Pteridology

28

Chatterjee, S K

11.5

Botany

Plant Pathology

29

Mallick, E H

11

Botany

Plant Physiology

30

Meddya, T

9.1671

Zoology

Cytogenetics

31

Bairagi, P

8.75

Botany

Cytogenetics

32

Pal, P K

8

Botany

Paleobotany

33

Medda, J N

7.55

Zoology

Cell Biology

34

Khan, R I

7

Botany

Plant Physiology

34

Nandi, A P

7

Zoology

Parasitology

35

Bhattacharya, S

6.9167

Zoology

Cytology & Genetics

36

Maity, C R

6.8339

Zoology

Biochemistry

37

Ghosh Hazra, N

6.75

Botany

Plant Physiology

39

Ghosh, M L

6.5

Botany

Plant Physiology

39

Taheruzzaman, Q

6.5

Botany

Ecology

41

Ghosh, A K

6.3334

Botany

Plant Physiology

42

Banja, P

6

Botany

Cytogenetics

43

Ghosh, A

5.25

Botany

Plant Physiology

44

Dey, M

5.0001

Zoology

Cell Biology

45

Bandyopadhyay, M

5

Zoology

Ecology

Figure 3

3

Author's Impact in Botany and Zoology (according to 1st author)

The Impact of an author (Table 7, Fig. 4) with reference to a journal is calculated by taking the number of papers published by the author (as first author) in the journal multiplied by the average Impact Factor of the journal. The total impact of an author is calculated by summing all such values with reference to that author. The average Impact Factors of the journals are taken as per "SCIENCE JOURNAL RANKING BY AVERAGE IMPACT FACTORS, Version 2002" created by Acad. Prof. Dr. Ioan-Iovitz Popescu Based on ISI annual datasets of SCI-JCR(1974-2000). Popescu Ioan-Iovitz (2002). Count of papers published in such journals, average impact factors of which were not available in this list has been excluded from this study. The authors who have minimum impact of 2 are only taken into consideration for preparing the ranked list.

The author with highest impact (according to 1st author) was M A Choudhuri (Botany Department) who topped the list with 20.93 points, followed by S Chakraborty (Zoology Department) with 13.10 points, S K Mitra (Zoology Department) with 11.74 points, G Majumdar (Zoology Department) with 11.11 points and P S Basu (Botany Department) with 8.89 points.

Table 7. Author's impact in Botany and Zoology (According to first author)

Rank No.

Author's Name

Total Impact of the author

Department

1

Choudhuri, M A

20.93

Botany

2

Chakraborty, S

13.10

Zoology

3

Mitra, S K

11.74

Zoology

4

Majumdar, G

11.11

Zoology

5

Basu, P S

8.89

Botany

6

Gupta, K

8.65

Botany

7

Jana, S

8.40

Botany

8

Basu, S

8.33

Botany

9

Chandra, G

7.76

Zoology

10

Choudhuri, D K

6.53

Zoology

11

Banerjee, A K

5.83

Botany

12

Kushari, D P

5.75

Botany

13

Roy, S

5.69

Zoology

14

Biswas, A K

5.52

Botany

15

Ghosal, S K

5.22

Zoology

16

Roy, S

4.99

Botany

17

Nandi, B

4.83

Botany

18

Khan, R I

4.56

Botany

19

Mukherjee, A K

4.47

Botany

20

Mukherjee, A K

3.90

Zoology

21

Banerjee, U

3.79

Zoology

22

Choudhuri, P K

3.68

Zoology

23

Bhattacharya, S

3.40

Zoology

24

Sinha, G M

3.39

Zoology

25

Mukhopadhyay, M C

3.34

Zoology

26

Mukherjee, A

3.13

Botany

27

Sarkar, A K

3.09

Zoology

28

Chakraborty, P

2.88

Zoology

29

Kar, C

2.61

Botany

30

Sarkar, B L

2.56

Botany

31

Sinha, B K

2.48

Botany

32

Chottopadhyay, S P

2.31

Botany

33

Banerjee, T C

2.17

Zoology

34

Dangar, T K

2.12

Botany

35

Roy, S K

2.09

Botany

Figure 4

4

Author's impact in Botany and Zoology considering all authors at any author position

The total credit given for a paper is one. For a single authored article, the author is given a credit point of one. For a double-authored article each author is given a credit point of 0.5. For a multi-authored paper, the first author is given a credit point of 0.5 and 0.5 credit point is distributed dividing equally among the other authors. The Impact of an author (Table 8) with reference to a journal is calculated by taking such credit point of an author multiplied with the average Impact Factor of the journal. The total impact of an author is calculated by summing all such values with reference to that author. The average Impact Factors of the journals are taken as per Popescu Ioan-Iovitz (2002). Count of papers published in such journals, average impact factors of which were not available in this list has been excluded from this study. The authors who have minimum impact of 2 are only taken into consideration for preparing the ranked list.

The author with highest impact (considering all authors at any authorship position with shared credit) was M A Choudhuri (Botany Department) who topped the list with 34.4725 points, followed by S K Mitra (Zoology Department) with 14.0350 points, P S Basu (Botany Department) with 10.8175 points and K Gupta (Botany Department) with 10.7033 points. Fig. 5 represent the top 10-credited author's impact considering all authors at any author position.

Table 8. Author's Impact in Botany and Zoology considering all authors at any author position

Rank No.

Author's Name

Total Impact of the author

Department

1

Choudhuri, M A

34.4725

Botany

2

Moitra, S K

14.0350

Zoology

3

Basu, P S

10.8175

Botany

4

Gupta, K

10.7033

Botany

5

Majumdar, G

10.5616

Zoology

6

Nandi, B

9.1750

Botany

7

Chakraborty, S

8.8100

Zoology

8

Basu, S

8.3300

Botany

9

Banerjee, A K

8.0350

Botany

10

Choudhuri, D K

7.3525

Zoology

11

Chandra, G

6.5350

Zoology

12

Kushari, D P

5.8900

Botany

13

Roy, S

4.9225

Zoology

14

Jana, S

4.2000

Botany

15

Ghosal, S K

3.9600

Zoology

16

Mukherjee, A K

3.3400

Botany

17

Sinha, G M

3.1150

Zoology

18

Biswas, A K

2.9925

Botany

19

Choudhuri, P K

2.9575

Zoology

20

Mukhopadhyay, M C

2.9500

Zoology

21

Chatterjee, S P

2.7100

Botany

22

Roy, S

2.4950

Botany

23

Mukherjee, A

2.4600

Botany

24

Sarkar, A K

2.3750

Zoology

25

Khan, R I

2.2800

Botany

26

Roy, S K

2.2700

Botany

27

Mukherjee, A K

2.2300

Zoology

28

Chakraborty, P

2.1600

Zoology

29

Banerjee, T C

2.0350

Zoology

Figure 5

5

Citation scenario of the outstanding authors of Botany and Zoology

The citations received by the published articles of Botany and Zoology researchers are collected from Scopus TM. From Table 9 and Fig. - 6, it is evident that M A Choudhuri (Botany Department) received highest number of citations (233), with only 14 numbers of self citations whereas S K Moitra (Zoology Department) received 98 number of citations, with 34 self citations during this time span. The other authors P S Basu (Botany Department) received 75 number of citations (with 41 numbers of self citations), S K Ghosal (Zoology Department) received 50 number of citations (with 13 numbers of self citations) and B Nandi (Botany Department) received 40 number of citations (with 6 numbers of self citations).

Table 9. Citation received by the authors of published articles of Botany and Zoology

Rank No

Author Name

Total Citations >Received

No of Citation from other authors

Self-Citation

Department

1

Choudhuri, M A

233

219

14

Botany

2

Moitra, S K

98

64

34

Zoology

3

Basu, P S

75

34

41

Botany

4

Ghosal, S K

50

37

13

Zoology

5

Nandi, B

40

34

6

Botany

6

Roy, S

35

28

7

Zoology

7

Chandra, G

27

19

8

Zoology

8

Chakraborty, S

25

19

6

Zoology

9

Choudhuri, D K

24

22

2

Zoology

9

Sinha, G M

24

24

0

Zoology

11

Choudhuri, P K

18

11

7

Zoology

12

Dangar, T K

16

14

2

Botany

13

Gupta, K

10

7

3

Botany

13

Chakraborty, P

10

6

4

Zoology

15

Banerjee, T C

9

3

6

Zoology

16

De, P S

8

6

2

Botany

16

Mukherjee, R

8

6

2

Botany

16

Majumdar, G

8

5

3

Zoology

19

Banerjee, A K

7

4

3

Botany

19

Kundu, P K

7

5

2

Botany

21

De, A B

6

4

2

Botany

21

Hazra, N

6

3

3

Zoology

23

Kushari, D P

5

4

1

Botany

23

Majumdar, A

5

4

1

Zoology

23

Medda, J N

5

5

0

Zoology

26

Roy, M

4

2

2

Botany

26

Banerjee, A

4

4

0

Botany

28

Chottopadhyay, N C

3

2

1

Botany

29

Kar, R K

2

1

1

Botany

29

Khan, R I

2

1

1

Botany

31

Chattopadhyay, K K

1

1

0

Botany

31

Mondal, W A

1

1

0

Botany

31

Mukherjee, S P

1

1

0

Botany

31

Pal, D K

1

1

0

Botany

31

Saha, K

1

1

0

Botany

31

Chatterjee, S

1

0

0

Botany

31

Huda, R

1

0

1

Zoology

31

Midya, T

1

1

0

Zoology

Figure 6

6

Ranked list of journals preferred for publishing articles by the researchers of Botany and Zoology with their country of origin and average impact factors

The leading journals preferred by the researchers of Botany and Zoology Departments for publishing articles are Ind Jl Exp Biol with 62 papers, Sci Cult with 39 papers, Ind Jl Plant Physiol with 36 papers, Geobios with 33 papers and Env Ecol with 30 papers. Table 10 provides journal preference by the researchers of Botany and Zoology Departments. The journals in which a minimum number of 5 articles are published have only been taken into consideration for preparing the ranked list.

Table 10. Ranked list of journals preferred for publishing articles by the researchers of Botany and Zoology with their country of origin and average impact factors

Rank No

Journal Name

No. of papers

Department

Country

Average IF of the journal

1

Ind Jl Exp Biol

62

Botany

India

0.25

2

Sci Cult

39

Botany

China

 

3

Ind Jl Plant Physiol

36

Botany

India

0.06

4

Geobios

33

Botany

France

0.35

5

Env Ecol

30

Zoology

India

0.48

6

Ind Jl Phys Alli Sci

24

Zoology

India

 

7

Fol Microbiol

23

Botany

U K

0.40

7

Pers Cyto Genet

23

Zoology

India

 

9

Trans Zool Soc Ind

21

Zoology

India

 

10

Seed Sci Tech

20

Botany

Switzerland

0.19

11

Biochem Phy Pflanz

19

Botany

Germany

0.60

11

Biol Plant

19

Botany

Netherlands

0.32

13

Ind Fern Jl

17

Botany

India

 

13

Env Ecol

17

Botany

India

0.48

15

Curr Sci

16

Botany

India

0.26

15

Proc Zool Soc Cal

16

Zoology

India

 

15

Ind Biol

16

Zoology

India

 

18

Acta Biotech

14

Botany

Germany

 

19

Ind Jl Myco Res

13

Botany

India

 

19

Ind Jl Exp Biol

13

Zoology

India

0.25

21

Sci Cult

12

Zoology

China

 

21

Orient Inst

12

Zoology

U S A

0.80

23

Jl Mycopath Res

11

Botany

India

 

23

Physiol Planterum

11

Botany

Denmark

1.64

25

Ind Jl Pure Appl Bio

10

Botany

India

 

25

Ind Jl Nemat

10

Zoology

India

 

25

Jl Freshwater Biol

10

Zoology

India

 

25

Rec ZSI

10

Zoology

India

 

25

Folia Parasitol

10

Zoology

Czech Rep.

0.42

30

BU Sci Jl

9

Botany

India

 

30

Ind Jl Bot

9

Botany

India

 

30

Bull ZSI

9

Zoology

India

 

30

Jl Inter Cycle Res

9

Zoology

Netherlands

 

30

Biol Rhythm Res

9

Zoology

Netherlands

0.47

35

Hydrobiol Bull

8

Botany

Netherlands

 

35

Geophytology

8

Botany

India

 

35

Zool Jb Anat

8

Zoology

Germany

 

35

Rev Ecol Biol Sol

8

Zoology

France

0.27

39

Plant Soil

7

Botany

India

0.80

39

Aqua Bot

7

Botany

Netherlands

0.90

39

Ind Jl Forestry

7

Botany

India

 

39

Curr Sci

7

Zoology

India

0.26

39

Ind Jl Med Res

7

Zoology

India

0.30

44

Ind Jl Agri Sci

6

Botany

India

0.03

44

Ind Jl Microbiol

6

Botany

India

 

44

Plant Physiol Bioche

6

Botany

India

1.21

44

Ind Biol

6

Botany

India

 

44

Cell Chr Res

6

Zoology

India

 

44

Ind Sci Cong

6

Zoology

India

 

44

Jl Beng Nat Hist Soc

6

Zoology

India

 

44

Ind Jl Parasitol

6

Zoology

India

 

44

Anat Anz

6

Zoology

Germany

 

53

Plant Physiol

5

Botany

U S A

3.22

53

Phytomorphology

5

Botany

India

0.18

53

Ind Perfume

5

Botany

India

 

53

Microbiol Res

5

Botany

Germany

0.39

53

PAVO

5

Zoology

India

 

53

Proc Ind Sci Cong

5

Zoology

India

 

53

Comp Physiol Ecol

5

Zoology

India

0.09

53

Korean Jl Entomol

5

Zoology

Korea

 

53

Jl Rep Biol Comp End

5

Zoology

India

 

53

Ins Sci Appl

5

Zoology

Kenya

0.17

53

Folia Biol

5

Zoology

U K

0.47

53

Entomology News

5

Zoology

U S A

 
Country-wise distributions of journals preferred for publishing articles by the researchers of Botany and Zoology department

Country wise distribution of journals preferred for publishing articles by the researchers of Botany and Zoology Departments are presented in Table 11. Maximum percentage (61.18%) of papers of Zoology Department was published in Indian Journals followed by that of Botany Department (50.47%). The researchers of the Botany Department published maximum articles in foreign journals 366 (49.53 %) followed by 279 (38.82 %) articles by the Zoology.

Taking all the papers of the two Departments together 813(55.76%) articles are published in Indian journals and 645 (44.24%) papers are published in foreign journals.

Table 11. Country-wise number of journals preferred for publishing articles by the researchers of Botany and Zoology Department

Country

Total No. of Journals in Botany

Total No. of Journals in Zoology

Total No. of Journals

INDIA

373(50.47%)

440(61.18%)

813(55.76%)

GERMANY

61(8.29%)

55(07.64%)

116(07.95%)

CHINA

53(7.17%)

25(03.47%)

78(05.35%)

NETHERLANDS

45(6.09%)

45(06.25%)

90(06.17%)

FRANCE

42(5.68%)

20(02.79%)

62(04.25%)

U K

40(5.41%)

24(03.38%)

64(04.38%)

SWITZERLAND

31(4.20%)

 

31(02.12%)

U S A

26(3.51%)

40(05.56%)

66(04.53%)

DENMARK

21(2.84%)

12(01.67%)

33(02.26%)

POLAND

11(1.48%)

 

11(00.75%)

AUSTRALIA

10(1.36%)

 

10(00.68%)

BANGLADESH

9(1.21%)

 

9(0062%)

SINGAPORE

8(1.08%)

 

8(00.55%)

EGYPT

6(0.81%)

 

6(0041%)

ITALY

3(0.40%)

 

3(00.20%

BELGIUM

 

08(01.12%)

8(00.55%)

CZECH REP.

 

14(01.94%)

14(00.96%)

KOREA

 

12(01.67%)

12(00.82%)

KENIA

 

11(01.52%)

11(00.75%)

BRAZIL

 

07(00.97%)

7(0048%)

SLOVAKIA

 

06(00.84%)

6(0041%)

Total

739(100%)

719(100%)

1458(100%)

Summary and Conclusion

The study gives an insight of research publications of the Botany and Zoology department of the University of Burdwan. Scientometric analysis of 160 awarded Botany theses, 739 published Botany thesis articles and 236 awarded Zoology theses, 719 published Zoology thesis articles by the scholars of the The University of Burdwan during 1960-2000 were analyzed to compare the year wise productivity, authorship pattern and collaboration, Co-authorship pattern, Impact of authors, the citation scenario of the outstanding authors and ranked list of journals. The highest number of thesis (64) and highest number of thesis articles (251) was submitted by the Zoology Department during 1986-1990 whereas Botany department submitted highest number of theses (40) during 1981-1985 and highest number of thesis articles (189) during 1976-1980. The highest degree of collaboration is found in Botany Department (0.70) followed by Zoology Department (0.51). Considering the name of the first authors only, the most prolific author was P K Choudhuri (Zoology) who topped the list with 80 papers followed by M A Choudhuri (Botany) with 54 publications. The most credited author (considering fractional credit of authorship at any authorship position) was M A Choudhuri (Botany Department) who topped the list with 97.25 points, followed by P K Choudhuri (Zoology Department) with 62 points. The author with highest impact (according to 1st author) was M A Choudhuri (Botany Department) who topped the list with 20.93 points, followed by S Chakraborty (Zoology Department) with 13.10 points. The author with highest impact (considering all authors at any authorship position with shared credit) was M A Choudhuri (Botany Department) who topped the list with 34.4725 points, followed by S K Mitra (Zoology Department) with 14.0350 points. M A Choudhuri (Botany Department) received highest number of citations (233), whereas S K Mitra (Zoology Department) received 98 citations during this period. The leading journals preferred by the researchers of Botany and Zoology Departments for publishing articles are Ind Jl Exp Biol with 62 papers followed by Sci Cult with 39 papers. Taking all the papers of the two Departments together 813(55.76%) articles are published in Indian journals and 645 (44.24%) papers are published in foreign journals.

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