T. S. West, the internationally well known analytical chemist has been widely recognised as a very successful scientist. His research productivity and collaboration pattern were analysed by years, papers, authorships, and authorwise productivity. The channels of communications used and distribution of articles among channels were found out. He has 410 papers to his credit. The period 1969–70 when he was 42–43 years age was most productive with 41 papers in 1969 and seven single authorship papers in 1970. Quienquennial collaboration coefficients ranged between 0.57 to 1.00, clearly indicating high collaboration team spirit in his research group. His productivity coefficient was 0.45 indicating rapid publication activity during early period of research career. His most prominent collaborators in number of papers were: R. M. Dagnall (92), G. F. Kirkbright (77), R. Belcher (56), K. C. Thompson (19), J. D. Norris (13), and J. F. Alder (11). Top ranking journals, with papers, to which he had contributed were:Anal. Chim. Acta (106),Talanta (84),The Analyst (49),Anal. Chem. (23), andJ. Chem. Soc. (20). Publication density was 8.54, publication concentration was 6.25, and average Bradford multiplier was 3.9. High frequency keywords in the titles of the articles were: Atomic fluorescence spectroscopy (51), Atomic absorption spectroscopy (43), and Atomic absorption spectrometry (31). The results indicate his temporal publication productivity and the nature of the research activities were such that he is eminently qualified to be taken as a role model for the younger generation to emulate.
Ahmed Hassan Zewail, the Nobel laureate (1999) in chemistry have collaborated with 103 colleagues and has published 246 papers during 1976 to 1994 in: femtochemistry (62), reaction rates and IVR (56), general reviews (49), coherence and optical dephasing phenomena (27), solids: magnetic resonance and optical studies (13), liquids and biological systems (9), local modes in large molecules (9), molecular structure from rotational coherence (8), solar energy concentrators (7), and other studies (6). This authorship pattern included: three authored papers (87) followed by two authored (78), four authored (38), one authored (30), five authored (8), and six authored (5). Highest collaborations were with P. M. Felker (39), M. Dantus (19), and L. R. Khundkar (16). The core journals publishing his papers were: J. Chem. Phys. (77), Chem. Phys. Lett. (53), J. Phys. Chem. (33), and Nature(6) out of the 33 journal channels and 32 chapters in books.
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910–1994), the renowned crystallographer and the Nobel prize winner in Chemistry (1964) was responsible
for developing the X-ray diffraction method of finding the exact structure of large and complicated molecules, such as Penicillin,
Vitamin B-12, Insulin, etc. Her 180 publications during 1932–1988 were analyzed by domains, authorship pattern, publication
productivity, scattering of publications and the keywords used in the titles of her papers.
C.V. Raman is being acknowledged by worldwide physics community for his classic works. The present study has made an effort
to analyze how much impact in number of citation receiving for his publications. Of course, there was a lack of tools for
such a study some years back. The study has limited to the database Science Citation Index for the period 1982–2005. The noteworthy
results are: One third of his research papers have been cited at least once; The research papers published during 1918–1940
could make remarkable impact; Three of his papers have shown an upward growth in number of citations receiving; The total
citations to papers of age 46 and 54 as on the year 1982 accounted for more than 50 per cent of the total citations received;
Research works in the ‘Acoustics’ area have been cited more than any other area of his works; Eponymal citations are to be
explored and analysed to understand the real impact of his works.