Referencing pattern of Sociology theses submitted to Punjabi University Patiala

Amritpal Kaur, Gurjeet Kaur Rattan


The present paper investigates the citations of Sociology theses submitted to Punjabi University, Patiala for the period 2000-2014. The study was carried out to find the number of theses, authorship pattern, chronological distribution, format of citations etc.  It was found that sociology researchers had used 1938 citations for writing 24 theses. In addition to this a ranked list of journals was also prepared in order to identify core journals as well as to test the applicability of Bradford Law of Scattering. Economic and Political Weekly was the most cited journal with 47 citations. The journal distribution pattern confirmed to Bradford distribution when employed with Leimkuhler model. Ten journals out of 13 core journals were available at Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha Library, Punjabi University, and Patiala. Core journals were mainly from three countries i. e. India, USA and UK.

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