Impact of Collaboration on Indian Forensic Science Research: A Scientometric Mapping from 1975 to 2012

Journal of Scientometric Research,2015,4,3,135-142.
Published:September 2015
Type:Research Article
Author(s) affiliations:

J. John Jeyasekar*, P. Saravanan1

Department of Forensic Sciences (Formerly: Tamil Nadu Forensic Sciences Laboratory), Library Division, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai,

1Department of Library Science, Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India


Research collaboration is an essential component of research. Researchers, as well as the policy makers, are showing increasing interest in research collaboration. Forensic Science being multidisciplinary subject collaboration is essential. This study is an attempt to quantify and visualize the research collaboration in Indian Forensic Science and also to assess the impact of research collaboration. A total of 2096 bibliographic records pertaining to Indian Forensic Science literatures published during the period 1975–2012 are retrieved from the Scopus database. These data are analyzed and visualized using MS‑Excel spreadsheets, VOSviewer, and Pajek software. It is found that the International Multilateral Collaborations are associated with greater citation impact. The study also reveals that the International Cooperation Index of India in Forensic Science research is 7.68. India has the highest Affinity Index value of 34.16 in Forensic Science with the USA. A new measure of international collaboration known as Authorship AFI is also proposed based on the number of collaborating authors.