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International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science

Vol. 3(11), pp. 330335, December, 2015. 

ISSN: 2360-7858

DOI: 10.14662/IJARER2015.059


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Growth of Research Literature on Bacterial Meningitis, 2003 to 2014: A Scientometric Study


Lakshminarasimhappa M C


Assistant Librarian, Indian Academy Degree College, Kalyan Nagar, Bangalore 43.

E-mail: lakshminarasimha431@gmail.com


Accepted 30 November 2015



Scientometric Study is useful for librarians and information managers in identifying the use of periodical literature. The present study aims to evaluate in the light of growth of literature, Relative Growth Rate (RGR), Doubling Time of periodicals in the field of Medicine. This is based on references appended to the articles reflected through PubMed database for the year 2003 to 2014 to investigate the trend in the growth of literature on Bacterial Meningitis. The results of the study reveals that , the value of an average RGR of articles Rt(P) increased gradually from 0.72to 2.26 (2003 to 2013) and there is drametically increased in the year 2014(2.56). The mean relative growth Rt(P) for the first 6 years (2003- 2008) indicates a growth rate of 2.08 years and in the next6 years (2009 - 2014) it was increased 4.39 years. The R2 value for the linear trend (0.2951) is more than that of exponential trend (0.3023), which indicates that the exponential trend is more suitably fit to as compared to linear trend. There is an obvious need for better complication statistics on number publications in the year 2003 to 2014 on various displines on a world wide scale, for informed critical assessment of the amount of new knowledge contributed by these publications, and for enhancement and refinements of present scientometric techniques (Growth of literature and Doubling time), so that valid measures of knowledge growth may be obtained. Only then will scientometrics be able to provide accurate, useful descriptions of knowledge growth.

Keywords: Bacterial Meningitis, Scientometric Study, Growth of Literature, RGR (Relative Growth Rate), Doubling Time(Dt), PubMed.


Cite This Article As: Lakshminarasimhappa MC (2015). Growth of Research Literature on Bacterial Meningitis, 2003 to 2014: A Scientometric Study. Inter. J. Acad. Lib. Info. Sci. 3(11): 330-335.





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