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The present paper aims to analyse the patterns of productivity in the information retrieval literature during the period of ten years i.e. (2009-2018). The study covers a total number of 4238 records indexed in the Scopus database. Out of a total of 4238 publications, a maximum 1915 records were contributed by two authors, followed by three authors with1176 contributions. A total of 17829 citations were recorded on 4238 publications and the maximum (29.67) annual growth was recorded in 2010 from the marked period of study. The overall relative growth was shown in fluctuating trend and lie between (0.16 to 0.83) while the doubling time was lies between (0.83 to 4.42). The average degree of authors collaborations was (0.94) recorded. The average collaboration coefficient (CC) and the collaborative index was (0.58) and (2.76) recorded respectively. Varma, V. from (International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad) was the most productive author with 45 publications; h-index 15; and a total citation 864. The maximum 2847 (67.18%) of publications in information retrieval were published in conference. In the field of computer science, the maximum 3370 publications were published. However, the maximum 177 research papers were contributed by Anna University while the maximum 15 publications were funded by the department of science and technology, Ministry of science and technology. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Including Subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics was the most prolific source title with 224 publications while the most significant keyword was ‘Information Retrieval’ with 2963 publications during the period of study.