A Scientometric Analysis of AIAA Journals

A Scientometric Analysis of AIAA Journals

Aswathy S. (Indian Space Research Organisation, India) and Srimanta Pal (University of Kalyani, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8178-1.ch008
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Abstract

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional organization, integral part of the aerospace community who monitors and often records the activities of its members, through books, papers, journals and conferences AAIAA's mission is to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society topics. One of the important contributions of these Journals is review and survey papers by experts. The present study in this chapter evaluates the document contributions in these journals based on the data collected from Web of Science over a period of thirteen years from 2000 to 2012. The study reveals that Chemistry is the subject which produces more number of papers while the multi-authorship also possesses a lead role in this subject.
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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional organization in the field of aerospace engineering founded in 1963 by merging American Rocketry Society and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences. It serves worldwide with the motto “the world's forum for aerospace leadership”. AIAA's mission is to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society. The purpose and promise is to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life and be the vital lifelong link to the aerospace community and a champion for its achievements. Another aspect of AIAA is their standards writing activities. In the past, AIAA standards for aeronautics have been incorporated into broader standards and public laws. These standards help transition innovative aeronautical ideas to everyday usage. As a major activity AIAA currently publishes the following technical journals (table-1) on specialized topics.

Table 1.
List of AIAA Journals
Sl NoName of JournalPeriodicity
1AIAA JournalMonthly
2Journal of Aerospace InformationBi-monthly
3Journal of AircraftBi-monthly
4Journal of Guidance, Control, and DynamicsBi-monthly
5Journal of Propulsion and PowerBi-monthly
6Journal of Spacecraft and RocketsBi-monthly
7Journal of Thermophysics and Heat TransferBi-monthly

Key Terms in this Chapter

Scientometrics: Is the study of measuring and analysing science, technology and innovation.

Citations: Are references to a published or unpublished source.

Collaborative Co-Efficient: As designed to remove the above shortcomings pertaining to Collaboration Index and Degree of Collaboration.

Cited Resources: Is the articles in the journal that were cited during the year by later articles in itself and other journals.

Scimago Journal Ranking: (SJR indicator) is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from.

Source Normalized Impact Perfect: Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field.

Lotka’s Law: Named after Alfred J. Lotka, is one of a variety of special applications of Zipf's law. It describes the frequency of publication by authors in any given field.

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