Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

1-27-2021

Abstract

Purpose-The present study aims to explore the publication trend, authorship pattern and research productivity by male and female authors in the field of Library and Information Science research.

Design/Methodology/Approach- A total of 571 articles published in selected three LIS Emerald journals viz., i) Library Management, ii) New Library World iii) Performance Measurement and Metrics during 2009-2018 are downloaded from Emerald group of publishing. The data related to the author’s gender, affiliation, university and country are extracted and saved in a separate file for further analysis. Influence of gender was assessed with respect to at individual and collaborative level. The result of the study found that there has been an increase proposition of female authors over the years with a resulting decline in male authors.

Findings- The result of the study found that there has been an increase proposition of female authors over the years with a resulting decline in male authors. Furthermore, even as LIS teachers (52.58%), LIS professionals (63.46%) and Research scholars (51.72%), female authors are more productive compare to male authors. Further, it is observed that USA is the most productive country by contributing the highest number of articles (159). Of the 159 articles, 65.13% of articles are authored by female authors. The faculty members from University of Punjab, Pakistan have contributed the highest number of (10) articles and occupied the first place in ranked list of universities.

Research limitations/implications: The study examines the authorship pattern and also investigates the gender participation in LIS Research. The findings of the study will help in lying down the real picture and the publication productivity by male and female authors in the field of Library and Information Science. The study recommends that the governments/concerned authorities need to support and motivate women researchers to publish more qualitative articles in reputed journals.

Originality/Value- The study is the first of its kind to explore the research productivity by male and female authors in the field of Library and Information Science.

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