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Subject support in collection development: using the bibliometric tool

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Title:Subject support in collection development: using the bibliometric tool
Author(s):Kim Hong Yeoh, (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Selangor, Malaysia), Kiran Kaur, (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Citation:Kim Hong Yeoh, Kiran Kaur, (2008) "Subject support in collection development: using the bibliometric tool", Collection Building, Vol. 27 Iss: 4, pp.157 - 166
Keywords:Collection management, Higher education, Libraries, Universities
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01604950810913724 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and the document supply by the University of Malaya Library.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the publication output of Research in Higher Education for subject support in collection development in the light of growing interest in diversified domains of research in higher education.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a quantitative analysis of 202 articles published in Research in Higher Education from 2000 to 2005. It employs bibliometric analysis to investigate the publication distribution, authorship patterns, research collaborations among scholars, and citation analysis to profile surrogated information for higher education resource management.

Findings – Analysis of 40 issues of publications revealed a diversified usage pattern of bibliographic reference sources by contributing researchers, with a cumulative total of citations being 8,374. A positive trend in research collaboration of contributing authors, and a steady growth in the use of reference sources, periodicals and web documents in the citations signify the trend of scholarly communication of research works in the electronic age. Similar to other disciplines of research findings, journals and books were the most cited source materials for researchers discussed.

Originality/value – This paper serves as a window to understanding the scientific productivity of contributing scholars, specifically in the field of higher education. This may assist researchers' and stakeholders' collection management decisions, and provide a referencing source for library professionals and policy makers.

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