The study is the first bibliometric analysis of the “Journal of Central Asian Studies”. This journal started its publication from 1990 (a year before the disintegration of the former USSR) and 23 volumes had been published till 2016. The study aims to conduct the bibliometric analysis of the “Journal of Central Asian Studies” from 1990 to 2016 in order to identify editorial assignments, authorship patterns, and institutional productivity, geographical contribution in the journal. The bibliometric data of the papers were manually collected from the hard copies of the journal in the excel file. Later, the data were tabulated and analysed using the simple mathematical and statistical quantitative techniques to reveal the findings.
The journal published 266 papers in 23 volumes contributed by 202 authors from 55 institutions and 23 countries of the world. Prof. Abdul Majeed Matoo performed the duties of the “Chief Editor” of the maximum volumes (12) of the journal followed by Prof. G N Khaki for (3). The content analysis of the journal depicted that the research papers constitute the maximum contents (252, 94.74%) whereas book reviews (9, 3.38%), abstracts (1.13%) and reprints (2, 0.75%) are also available in little number. The authorship trends of the journal revealed that the maximum number of research papers are contributed by the single author (232, 87.22%) followed by double authors (27, 10.15%) and Triple authors (07, 2.63%) respectively. The maximum number of papers are contributed by Ajiaz A. Bandey (10) followed by M. A. Kaw (9) and G. M. Mir (8) respectively. Among the fifty five (55) academic and research institutions, the top contributing institutions are the University of Kashmir (139), Jawaharlal Nehru University (18), University of Mumbai (11), Aligarh Muslim University (9), University of Jammu (7), and Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan (7) respectively. The regional analysis shows that twenty-three (23) countries of the world have contributed to the journal and the maximum number of papers are contributed by India (208, 78.20%) followed by Uzbekistan (8, 3.01%), Kazakhstan (7, 2.63%), USA (6, 2.26%) and Pakistan (4, 1.50%) respectively.