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Citation Analysis of References used in Ph. D. Theses of Philosophy

Amritpal Kaur, Gurjeet Kaur Rattan


The present study analysed the references appended to the 15 Ph. D. theses submitted to the Department of Philosophy, Punjabi University Patiala during 2000-2014. These fifteen theses contained 1158 references. The data was analysed in order to find out the average citations per thesis, authorship pattern, format of citations, chronological distribution of citations and geographical distribution of books as well as core journals. Half-life period of documents had also been calculated. A ranked list of journals was also prepared in order to find out the core journals. Philosophy East and West from USA was the most cited journal among the philosophy researchers. 


Citation Analysis; Half-life period; Bradford law of scattering

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