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International Journal of Information Dissemination and Technology
Year : 2016, Volume : 6, Issue : 1s
First page : ( S27) Last page : ( S32)
Print ISSN : 2229-5984. Online ISSN : 2249-5576.

Comparative Scientometric Assessment of Social Science Research in India vis-a-vis the World during 1996–2014

Dhawan S. M.1, Gupta Ritu2,*, Jatana Meena3

1CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, (Home Add.: 114, Dayanand Vihar, Delhi)

2Shri Venkateswar University, Tirupati

3CRRID, Chandigarh

*Corresponding Author Ritu Gupta, ritu7648@gmail.com

Online published on 3 April, 2017.


The paper undertakes comparative assessment of India and the world literature in social science covering the period 1996–2014 on a series of bibliometric indicators. The data for the study was sourced from SCImago Journals and Country Rank database. The study reveals that status of India in social science research in comparison to the world is not encouraging. In terms of quality and quantity of publications, India stands low on comparative indicators such as global citations share (0.41%), relative citation index (0.44), global publication share (1.41%), and international collaborative publications share (18.14%). India's annual growth rate in social science research (12.66%) has however been faster relative to the world (6.80%). India's international collaborative research share was largest in social science-general (7.8%) and the least in psychology (1.58%). In the remaining three sub-disciplines covering social science, the country's share of International collaborative papers was modest (varying 2.5% to 3.6% of the total output in social science). India and the world selectively differ in the ranking order of their research priorities in social sciences.



Social Science, Research Publications, Citation Impact, Relative Citation Index.


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