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Abstract

The paper presents citation analysis of PhD theses awarded during the period 1986-2015 in five sub- subjects of Political Science under the University of Burdwan. The study is based on the 7711 citations collected from 56 PhD theses of five specific subjects’ viz. Administration, Indian Politics, Political Sociology, International Relation and Political Thought under Political Science. This paper carefully analyses the bibliographic details of all 56 doctoral theses against different predefined criteria such as bibliographic forms, journal ranking, authorship pattern, authorship collaboration and degree of collaboration. After carefully analyzing all the theses against said criteria mentioned above, results have been presented with statistical tables and graphs. The bibliographic data required for the study have been collected from the research section of The University of Burdwan. In addition, Shodhganga (http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/), has also been consulted. All the references have been analysed using the dBaseIII+ programmes. It was found that, out 56 PhD theses, the maximum contribution was in Public Administration (31 theses). The study confirmed that, Books was found to be most cited materials (51.51%) followed by journal articles with 28.14%. It was also found that, the majority of citations were contributed by single author.

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