Purpose-The study aims to analyse the resources used in the citations of 1355 research publications of University of Mysore and Karnatak University in the field of chemistry and prepares the core journal list and prolific authors. For any research and academic institutional libraries, books and journals are considered as key resources. As the resources are more and diverse, collection building is a tough task for librarians. Citation analysis is one of the best methods to list the most used resources by the users. Hence, the paper highlights the extent of use of different sources in the research publications of chemistry.
Methodology-References of Chemistry research publications covered by Web of Science during 2009-2018 were the main data source for the study. Compiled references were recorded in the Ms Excel sheet for the analysis of bibliographic form, authorship pattern, country-wise citation and ranking of journals, publishers and authors. Ranking list was prepared on the basis of highest citations and place of journal publication was collected from the Scimago Journal Rank.
Findings- Study witnesses the use of various information sources in research publications. Source wise distribution of citations shows the highest journal literature use in the study which accounts for 89.98% of overall citations. Results indicate that literature published by western countries was greatly cited. USA, United Kingdom and Netherlands top the list of country wise citations with 33.69%, 27.14% and 18.83% respectively. It is observed that majority of cited journal sources were by three authors (19.97%) followed by two authors (18.90%) and four authors (16.31%). Journal articles authored by single authors were cited to an extent of 9.29% and a small percent of journal articles were authored by eight authors (2.88%). Further, Rank list of publishers shows that journals (32.35% of overall journal citation) published by Elsevier were profoundly preferred by the chemistry research publications.