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Pearl: A Journal of Library and Information Science
Year : 2009, Volume : 3, Issue : 4
First page : ( 32) Last page : ( 38)
Print ISSN : 0973-7081.

Authorship Pattern and Collaborative Research in Herbal Literature

Vinayagamoorthy P.1University Librarian, Chellappandi P.2Librariran, Shanthi J.3Librarian

1Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.

2SLS MAVMM Ayria Vaisyar College, Kallampatti, Madurai.

3KGISL Institute of Technology, Saravananpatti, Coimbatore.


This paper is an investigation involving bibliometric analysis of herbal literature from the perspectives of medicinal plants. The size of the sample downloaded for the purpose is 3401. The study involves the analysis of herbal literature output during 1990 and 2004 and is pertained to the records downloaded exclusively from the Biological Abstracts. It is inferred that maximum literature output was found during the year 2000 and minimum in the year 1991. Authorship pattern ranging from single authored articles to as many as twenty two authors for a single contribution. It is observed that 80.64 per cent of the total authors contributed only one paper on Herbal research. Maximum frequency of author contribution occurred in the case of Sushil Kumar with 273 contributions. This shows that scientists, of “less productivity”, publish papers faster than scientists of “higher productivity”. This is not true in the case of Herbal research.


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