Global Research Studies on Electronic Journals A Scientometric Study during 1990 2017

  • B M Gupta
  • S M Dhawan 114, Dayanand Vihar, Delhi – 110 092, India
  • Shankar Reddy Kolle
Keywords: E-journals, E-resources, Libraries, Global publications, Bibliometrics, Scientometrics


This paper presents a quantitative and qualitative description of global research in the field “electronic journals”. The study is based on global publications data (1747 publications) on the subject sourced from SCOPUS database covering the period 1990-2017. The study analyzes the data on a series of measures, like average annual growth, citations per paper, international collaborative papers, relative citation index, and activity index. Global research in the subject registered 18.46% growth, research impact of 5.28 citations per paper, and contributed barely 26 highly cited papers within a long span of 28 years. The USA has emerged as the world leader in electronic journals research accounting for 45.28% global publications share, followed by U.K. (12.18%), India (5.49%), etc. Top 20 organizations and authors in the subject contributed 16.58% and 11.15% global publications share respectively and 37.72% and 43.92% global citations share respectively during the period.

Author Biographies

B M Gupta

Dr. B.M. Gupta received his BLibSci, from Kurukshetra University; Associateship in Documentation from INSDOC; and PhD in Library and Information Science from Karnataka University. He retired as Scientist G and Emeritus Scientist from CSIR- NISTADS, Delhi. He has published more than 300 research paper mainly in the area of scientometrics in leading journals and conferences.

Contribution in the current study: He conceptualised the idea for the study, organised and processed raw data for tabulation and analysis, and jointly prepared the first draft along with co-author.

S M Dhawan, 114, Dayanand Vihar, Delhi – 110 092, India

Dr S.M. dhawan received his MSc (Physics) from Sardar Patel University; MLIS from university of New york, USA; and PhD in Library Science from University of Delhi. He retired as Scientist ‘F’ from CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Delhi. He has authored several research papers, research reports covering several areas of interest in library science, library management systems and scientometrics.

Contribution in the current study: He jointly contributed in data analysis and interpretation, and in writing and finalising the content leading to the final paper.

Shankar Reddy Kolle

Dr Shankar Reddy Kolle received his Masters and PhD in Library and Information Science from the Gulbarga University, Kalburagi, in 2006 and 2014, respectively. He is serving as Deputy Librarian at Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh. He has published more than 35 article in research journals. His areas of research interest are: user study, academic library, scientometrics, bibliometrics and ICT applications in library science.

Contribution in this study includes; brief write up for the Introduction part of the paper and data Interpretation.

How to Cite
Gupta, B., Dhawan, S., & Kolle, S. (2019). Global Research Studies on Electronic Journals A Scientometric Study during 1990 2017. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(3), 116-124.
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