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Winter 12-28-2020

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Indigenous Knowledge (IK) refers to traditional knowledge that play a key role in the sustainable development of human society. Nowadays, the importance of IK is recognized significantly. We focus on a citation analysis of scholarly publications on IK during 2015-2019. The main contribution of this paper is to highlight the most productive journals; author impact; ranking of cited journals, non-journals, authors, and documents; reference spectroscopy; the shared coupling of articles; and co-citation of cited-authors. The scholarly citation data (n=2000) were collected from the Web of Science database and analyzed using bibliometrics software. The findings reveal that the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine is the most productive journal. B. Held is identified as a most impactful author. The highly cited journal and non-journal are Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge and Decolonizing Methodologies. This paper also uncovers that Anonymous authors are cited most of the time in 2000 articles; the increase in citation is the highest from 21st-century; and the highest shared coupling strength of two articles is 70. Lastly, a co-citation network is visualized to establish the relationship of cited-authors. This paper provides a distinct overview of citation analysis and it can be helpful for both the IK researchers and LIS professionals.