Scientometric Profile of Biochemistry Research in India a Study Based on Web of Science

  • Sudhier K.G. Central University of Tamil Nadu, Neelakudi Campus, Thiruvarur
  • Dileepkumar V University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
Keywords: Biochemistry, Authorship pattern, Research productivity, Degree of collaboration, Co-authorship index, Web of science, India


The paper examines 25,132 biochemistry research contributions of Indian scientists covered in the Web of Science for a period of 10 years (2004-2013). It was found that the biochemistry research is gradually growing and average annual growth rate was 36.84 per cent. The solo research was not prevalent and team research is more in the Indian biochemistry research and 97.46 per cent publications were contributed by multi- authors. It was observed that the value of co- authorship index was generally increasing and it varied from 93 to 105 during the period of study. Journal articles contribute 89.43 per cent of the total output followed by reviews (7.14 %). Indian researchers collaborate largely with the researchers of USA (2.49 %). The geographical distribution shows that Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi lead the list. The study shows that, C. Abdul Jaleel (58) and L. Pai (37) are the top ranked authors in the field. ‘Plos One’ is the top ranked journal and it published 296 papers during the study period. Academic institutions contribute more number of papers (50.26 %) followed by research institutions (28.24 %). The Lotka’s law was not found fit with the observed author productivity distribution of Indian biochemistry research.

Author Biographies

Sudhier K.G., Central University of Tamil Nadu, Neelakudi Campus, Thiruvarur

Dr. K. G. Sudhier is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tiruvarur. he holds MSc (Phys.), MLISc., PhD and qualified UGC-NET & JRF (LIS). He has published two books, published and presented more than 125 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, presentations in seminars and conferences, chapters in books and popular articles (Malayalam & English). he is the Principal Investigator of the DST-NSTMIS major project of the Ministry of S&T, Govt. of India. his areas of interest include: ICT in libraries, social networking sites, scientometrics, citation analysis, scholarly communication etc.

In the current study, he conceptualised the study and its framework, designed the research methodology and presented in the present form.

Dileepkumar V, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram

Dr. V. Dileep Kumar is working as Assistant Librarian in the Dept. of hindi, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus. he obtained his M. Com. and MLISc. from the University of Kerala and PhD in Library and Information Science from the M.S. University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. his areas of interest include ICT skills, scientometrics and information literacy. In the current study, he downloaded the data, edited and tabulated the collected data and carried out the analysis.

How to Cite
K.G., S., & V, D. (2020). Scientometric Profile of Biochemistry Research in India a Study Based on Web of Science. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 40(01), 40-48.
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