Objectives: This study aims to evaluate the research productivity of universities established by the British rulers during the 19th century in un-divided Indian sub-continent. Another objective of the study is to explore the collaboration patterns and to perform impact analysis on the research produced by the studied universities.
Methods: Bibliometric method was used to perform this analysis on the data retrieved from Scopus database. Research yield of studied universities in the form of bibliographic records of research publications was the sample of this study.
Results: Chemistry was the most published subject area in the studied universities. Researchers in the studied universities preferred to publish most of their research in the form of journal articles. Multi-authorship is a dominant authorship pattern. Collaborative research attracted more citations than the research publications with single-authorship.
Conclusion: This study is the first bibliometric study conducted to explore the research patterns and volume of British era universities of Indian sub-continent.