An Assessment of the Visibility of Indian Journals in Social Science Citation Index – Journal Citation Report
Shri Ram1, Kataria Sanjay2, Shakil Ahmad3
1Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, Solan – 173 234 (Himachal Pradesh)
2Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, A–10, Sector – 62, Noida – 201307 (Uttar Pradesh)
3Deanship of Library Affairs, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
This study provides an assessment of Indian Journals indexed in Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) – Journal Citation Report (JCR) 2011 edition of Web of Science (WoS) of Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), Philadelphia, USA. The time period of this study is limited to a period of 15 years (1997–2011). The journal whose country of origin is India has been considered as prime focus of research. The different parameters such as Impact Factor of the Journal, Cited and Citing Journals have been analysed based on the data available in SSCI-JCR during the period of 1997–2011. The network diagram has been analysed with the help of Microsoft NodeXL template, which provides an avenue to analyse the cited/citing network among the journals.
It has been found that there are eleven journals whose country of the origin is ‘India’. Out of these eleven journals, only three journals have continued indexing in SSCI-JCR during the period of the study. All journals have impact factor below 0.5. As for as cited journal (Indian Journals cited by other Journals) is concerned, ‘Economic and Political Weekly’ journal has been cited most often. Self Citation is very common practice among the Indian journals. The popularity and visibility of journals amongst its subject collection is crucial to identify the core journals. The citation studies of the Indian Journal will add value to choose right journals for publication as well as subscription by the library. This study shall add value in this area and help librarian to choose, guide and help their user in identification of importance of such journals where ever social science research is domain areas.
Indian Social Science Journal, Journal Citation Report, Citation Studies, Network Visibility, Indian Citation Index.