Scientific research production of India and China in environmental chemistry: a bibliometric assessment

  • A. L. SrivastavEmail author
  • T. Kaur
  • L. Rani
  • A. Kumar


Environmental contamination has emerged as a global concern mostly due to anthropogenic activities. Numerous research papers are published throughout the world in the research area of environmental chemistry due to its gigantic scope to overcome this problem in a sustained way. To validate these documentations, bibliometric evaluation of the research outcomes, i.e. publications, citations, citations/document of top 30 countries of the world, has been conducted in this paper during 1996–2017. India and China were further selected for the comparison of research growth related to GDP, annual growth, universities’ count and indexed scientific journals in the above discipline during 2008–2017. Required bibliometric information was retrieved from Scopus-linked SCImago electronic database. China spent 2.1% of its total GDP on research, while only 0.6% was spent by India in the year of 2017–18. Self-citation per document for the USA, China and India was 12.94, 9.88 and 5.92, respectively, accounting for the probable reason for the low rank and low H index of India as compared to the USA and China. The solution-oriented research through streamlined collaborative works with the local and international researchers should be prioritized by Indian policy makers to mitigate the aforementioned problems.


Bibliometric Citations per document Environmental chemistry India and China Research production SCImago Self-citations 



The authors are thankful to Dr. Sushil Kumar, Chitkara University School of Engineering and Technology, Chitkara University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh 174103 (India), for his invaluable support and continuous encouragement for writing this research paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chitkara University School of Engineering and TechnologyChitkara UniversitySolanIndia

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