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Bibliometric studies and Research Journals


The aim of this study is to map the trends of research published in the Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (JSSH), currently a six-monthly research journal of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU, Islamabad, Pakistan) being published since 1995. AIOU is a federally chartered university publishing 22 research journals. Most of AIOU’s research journals are recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan including JSSH.

All the bibliographic data of 378 research articles from 27 volumes and 48 issues retrieved from print copies and journal website were filtered and analyzed employing bibliometrics with MS Excel. Data analysis and findings include year-wise distribution and authorship patterns of research papers, average number of references per article, year-wise distribution of citations, average citations per article, average citations per year, and average length of articles in number of pages. This study would motivate the researchers to map the statistical output of research journals published in their countries especially the developing world.