Authorship Pattern in Interdisciplinary Studies: Implications for Knowledge Transfer and Holistic Coverage of Nigeria

Authorship Pattern in Interdisciplinary Studies: Implications for Knowledge Transfer and Holistic Coverage of Nigeria

Muhammad Kabiru Usman (Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/IJLIS.2018070103

Abstract

The study was carried out to examine articles published in Bayero Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (BJIS). The study was carried out quantitatively, 61 articles published in the Bayero Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2008- 2013 were surveyed to carry out the study and descriptive statistics was used to make analysis. The collaboration of authors discovered in BJIS has very little implication for the national integration of Nigeria, 65.6% of articles published in BJIS were single authored and 75.4% of authors in BJIS come from the north-west region of Nigeria. 4 geographical regions of Nigeria were covered, while 2 were not covered at all in the journal. Data shows that knowledge transfer occur when authors from other regions publish in the north-west region where BJIS is published. It is recommended that publishers should carry out frequent assessment of where the articles they publish emanate from and use such assessment to achieve balance in the spread, visibility and patronage of their journal.
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Objectives Of The Study

The specific objectives underlying the study are:

  • 1.

    To determine the authorship pattern in Bayero Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (BJIS).

  • 2.

    To measure the degree of collaboration in Bayero Journal of interdisciplinary Studies (BJIS).

  • 3.

    To determine the geographical distribution of authored papers in Bayero Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (BJIS).

  • 4.

    To uncover the degree of knowledge transfer in Bayero journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (BJIS).

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