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The present study is based on 10983 citations, appended in the 30 PhD theses of chemical sciences submitted to Tezpur University, Assam for the award of doctoral degree during the period 2008-2012. The main purpose of this study was to investigate authorship pattern of the citations, type and form of literature cited, and compiled a rank list of core journals in chemical sciences. The study revealed that journals were the most preferred sources of information used by the researchers in the field of chemical sciences accounting for 78.83% of total citations, followed by books with 15.57 % citations. The Journal of Journal of American Chemical Society has ranked the first with 617 citations accounting for 7.13% of the total journal citations. Journal of Molecular Catalysis a: Chemical 6.57% occupies the second rank getting 569 citations, followed by Macromolecules 6.27% with 543 citations. Authorship pattern for journal citations shows that most of the citations were contributed by more three authors that mean the collaborative research is prevailing in chemical sciences. The findings of the study revealed that out of the total number of 8658 journal citation, 39.89% are by more than three authors, followed by two authors with 22.28 %.