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The Publication Output and Impact of various Faculties in Sri Lankan Universities: a Scientometric Assessment and Policy Implications

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Thuraiyappah Pratheepan ,

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Assistant Librarian
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W. A. Weerasooriya

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Professor, Department of Library and Information Science
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Abstract

This paper aims to evaluate the faculty research performance on the basis of publication output, citations and h- index of professors working in Sri Lankan universities. Six hundred fifty professors from different universities of Sri Lanka served as respondents. Using scientometrics, publications of professors spanning 1980-2014 are analyzed. It found that based on the mean h-index used in this study, faculty of science is the best performer with the mean h-index of 5.55, followed by medicine (5.24), engineering (3.81), agriculture (3.76), management (2.74) and arts (2.62). This study further revealed that, the faculty of agriculture has the highest percentage (97.37 %.) of professors with published output; they have at least one research paper. Study also measured the universities’ position in the each disciplines on the basis of the mean h-index. The results showed that out of six faculties, which are grouped in this study, University of Peradeniya (PDN) is found to be the most predominant in agriculture, arts, science and engineering). In medicine, University of Kelaniya is the best on the basis of the mean h-index with 6.85. In the case of the faculty of management, University of Jaffna had the highest mean h-index of 7.75. On the other hand result indicates that the performance of arts among almost all of the universities except University of Colombo and PDN were very poor and similar. It is recommended that research output on arts, social sciences and management across the university faculty must be strengthened and mechanism should be introduced by the authorities.

Journal of the University Librarians’ Association of Sri Lanka, Vol. 19, Issue 1, October 2015, Page 54-70

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v19i1.7875
How to Cite: Pratheepan, T. & Weerasooriya, W.A., (2016). The Publication Output and Impact of various Faculties in Sri Lankan Universities: a Scientometric Assessment and Policy Implications. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 19(1), pp.54–70. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v19i1.7875
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