Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Structured Abstract:


The researcher has conducted a quantitative analysis of literature published in the Law Library Journal (LLJ) during the period of 1989 to 2021 (thirty-two years) using a series of scientometrics indicators. Such as annual scientific production, year-wise distribution of articles, and their average citations. i.e. most locally cited authors and most frequent word occurrences, the frequency distribution of scientific productivity by Lotka’s law, top-five most cited documents, most relevant affiliations, and top twenty prolific authors engaged in Law Library Journal. Addition to that the co-authorship pattern author-wise, organization-wise and country-wise, and country-wise scientific production, institution’s collaboration network and countries collaborations, WordCloud’s most frequent author keywords.

Design and Methodology:

The researcher has used the Web of Science database for retrieving the desired sample. In total 2171 publications records were considered for the literature analysis considering their relevancy. Biblioshiny and VOS viewer software is used to create tarious maps and visualization.


The study found that Law Library Journal has received most citations (2565), followed by Legal Reference Service (339) citations Journal of Legal Education with (330) citations. Law Library Journal's impact has been significant with an h-index of 18, with a g-index of 23, having total citations of 2980 with 732 for the period from 1989-2021. Study reveals that the highest number of research articles were published by Whisner M. with 78 articles, out of which 77.03 Articles were Fractionalized and he has received 260 citations, followed by Houdek FG with 27 articles out of which 22.84 Articles were Fractionalized and he received 126 citations.

Lotka’s law reveals about 0.677% of the authors (1013 authors) have one publication, and 0.178 % of the authors (267 authors) have two publications. University of Washington (106) was the dominant institute in-terms of highest number of papers published, Fallowed by University of California (62), followed by University of Corolina (44).

Danner RA has the highest h-index (5) and g-index (8) with 11 number of articles and 638 citations, followed by Mark SN who has the second rank, h-index (5) and g-index (5) with 5 articles and 42 citations, and Whisner M who has the h-index (5) and g-index (6) with 43 articles and 110 citations.

USA leads the publications with 1747 articles; however, many are in co-authorship with at an author of at least one other country. Subsequently Canadian authors have produced 24 articles, followed by United Kingdom.

The term ‘Law’ has occurred 37 times and the term ‘Information’ has appeared 16 times, followed by History (12), Legal Research (11), Access (10), Future (9), Library (9). Berring RC, 1989, Law Libr J. has received most citations with first rank (LC-20) and (GC-23).

Research Limitations:

The study exclusively deals with the documents published in the Law Library Journal during 1989 to 2021 and indexed in Web of Science database. Thus, documents which are not covered in web of science are excluded from the purview of research. This study is significant in order to measure the impact of Law Library Journal and useful to identify the research patterns from publications and of developments in the field of Law librarianship.