A 10-Year bibliometric study of Pakistan journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Purpose: This study aims to carry out a bibliometric evaluation of articles published in Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PJPS) from 2006 to 2015. Bibliometric study determines publication pattern and identifies research trends in a field.
Design/Methodology/Approach: All articles published in PJPS during ten years were analysed using MS Excel.
Results: A total of 951 authors contributed 1172 articles to PJPS from 2006 to 2015. Eighty-six percent authors contributed only one article each. M. Saeed Arayne and Najma Sultana were the leading principal authors with 18 and 10 articles respectively. Ninety-seven percent articles were written by more than one author. Most of the first authors (47%) were from Pakistan followed by authors from India (11%), China (6%) and Iran (5%). The host institution (University of Karachi) and province (Sindh) are ranked first in term of the contribution. The average number of citations per article was 28.67% and the average length of the articles was 6.34 pages.
Limitations: Only principal authors (first authors) were considered for the most dynamic authors, most productive institutions, geographical distribution of contributors and origin of authors within Pakistan.
Practical implications: An awareness program is needed for the faculty/researcher belonging to less contributing area i.e. Baluchistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Also signing of MoUs with foreign universities will enhance contribution from abroad.
Originality/Value: The result of this study will help in designing/planning a policy/procedure for a pharmaceutical journal and a support to understand the state of pharmaceutical research in Pakistan.


Volume, issue and pagination are not provided by the author/publisher. This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

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Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)