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Title:An analysis of Ghana Library Journal: a bibliometric study
Author:Sam, JoelISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Ghana
Abstract:With the aim of providing insight into the current state of library and information science (LIS) research in Ghana, this paper presents the results of an analysis of articles published in the 'Ghana Library Journal', Ghana's key LIS journal, over a seven-year period from 2000 to 2006. It details the number of articles published, the material type cited, the number of references listed, the subject coverage, the type of authorship, authorship affiliation, and whether the articles published were written through local or international collaboration. The majority of the items cited were journals (44.5 percent), followed by books (32.5 percent), and reports (9.4 percent). About 62.9 percent of the journals and 48.8 percent of the books appearing in the reference lists were published in 1990 or later. Only four of the top twenty-two journals cited frequently were of African origin, the rest were European or US-based. The subject area most researched was academic libraries. The majority of the authors were from universities. The journal did not attract many authors from outside Ghana. Recommendations are made as to how the journal could attract authors from outside Ghana. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]