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Date of this Version

Summer 6-24-2021


The purpose of this paper is to explore and provide an overview of the growth and development of research output pertaining to the disciplines covered in Humanities and Social Sciences (SSH), in terms of number of publications, total citations from the year 2001 up to 2020 of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda(MSU), Vadodara as reflected in Dimensions in various subject domains such as History and Archaeology, Historical Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Archeology, Education, etc. as shown in (Table-1). The main investigation is based on the primary literature, mostly scholarly articles from different subject fields. The authors attempt to employ the quantitative analysis of bibliometric indicators of the research publications which has been accessed from dimensions online indexing data. Dimensions were launched by Digital Science in January 2018, which covers humanities and social sciences. The Research output data of MSU are collected by using different searching facilities provided by Dimensions Database. The Dimensions online indexing data are also providing data of researchers, research categories, publication type, source title, journal list, open access journals along with publication year, which helps the authors to analyze the growth and development of research activity of the faculty members of MSU during the prescribed year. There were 6,354 research publications received with 73789 Citations, with an average citation per paper is 8.05. The data collected on 25th May 2021. The published materials such as articles, Book, Book chapters, review, letter, proceedings paper, biographical-item, book review, editorial material, meeting abstract, Erratum, Note, etc. are considered as research publications for this study. It suggests that Dimensions Database has been used as the data updating is the continuous process of development in humanities and social sciences. The scientific processes, as well as the methods for dissemination of information, are very similar within these fields. The database chosen is Dimensions, which has the oldest and most comprehensive records of citation indexes and includes a very authentic source in order to get an accurate and consolidated picture of the research output of the university. The findings of the research will be a great concern for various policy-making bodies of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, such as UGC, NAAC, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), NIRF, Ministry of HRD, etc.