Mapping of Crowdsourcing Research A Bibliometric Analysis

  • Basharat Ahmad Malik Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 001, India
  • Azra Aftab Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 001, India
  • Naushad Ali P.M. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 001, India
Keywords: Crowdsourcing, Bibliometrics, Citation, Top-cited articles, SCI-expanded


This study presented a bibliometric examination of the crowdsourcing publications. The objective of this study is to bibliometrically examine the publications related to crowdsourcing in the Science Citation Index Expanded of the Web of Science. A systematic search has been carried out for publications between 2008 and 2017. The parameters analysed included document type, language, most prolific journal, leading countries/territories, institutions and authors in terms of total publications, independent publications, collaborative publications, first authors, corresponding authors and single authors. Highly cited articles and the future direction of hot topics are also investigated. 81 per cent of the total publications are articles. English remains the dominant language and accounted for nearly 100 per cent of the total output. The USA, China and the UK produced 80 per cent of total production. PLOS One was leading journal in terms of total output and total citation till 2016. It was found that 1459 articles, including 1347 first authors, 1443 corresponding authors and 79 single authors, were published by 6973 authors. Fritz Steffen and See Linda were the most prolific authors. This paper will be useful for researchers to know the current trends and achievements of crowd - sourcing research.

Author Biographies

Basharat Ahmad Malik, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 001, India

Mr Basharat Ahmad Malik is a Research Scholar in the Department of Library & Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He has a number of research publications to his credit. He has presented research papers in various national and international conferences. His areas of interest include knowledge sharing, scientometrics and e-learning. Contribution in the current study is the collection and analysis of actual data taken from WoS.

Azra Aftab, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 001, India

Ms Azra Aftab is a Senior research Fellow currently pursuing PhD from the Department of Library Information Sciences Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Her area of interest includes ICT applications in libraries. She has published and presented research papers in various national and international conferences. Contribution in the current study is developed the main conceptual ideas and the outline of evidence.

Naushad Ali P.M., Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 001, India

Dr  Naushad AliP.M. is presently working as Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He has published two book and over 68 research paper in various national and international journals and conference proceedings. He has presented research papers in more than 20 conferences. His areas of interest include Information management, knowledge management, e-learning and e-publishing. Contribution in the current study is to take part in the planning and supervision of the work.


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How to Cite
Malik, B., Aftab, A., & P.M., N. (2019). Mapping of Crowdsourcing Research A Bibliometric Analysis. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(1), 23-30.
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