Scientific Production on Library Anxiety: A Bibliometric and Scientometric Analysis from Scopus

Pier Suclupe-Navarro, Cesar H. Limaymanta, Néstor Holmes Ramírez, Héctor Guillén

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3 Scopus citations


Library anxiety (LA) is the state of uncertainty experienced by some users when they come to the library, the study of which began in the 1980s but lacks updated metric analysis. The objective of this study was to make a bibliomet-ric and scientometric analysis of the articles on LA indexed in the Scopus database between 1989 and 2018. 118 publica-tions were analyzed according to indicators of production, collaboration, impact and bibliometric maps. It was found that publications on LA have progressively increased, that the collaboration of authors was low, that an influential journal in the area was Library Review, and that the authors with the greater impact were Onwuegbuzie and Jiao. Also, keywords on user training and four research fronts were highlighted: measurement instruments, results, theoretical frameworks and types of analysis units. These results suggest that LA is a fruitful research topic.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere291
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalRevista Espanola de Documentacion Cientifica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Bibliometrics
  • Scientometrics
  • Scopus
  • VOSviewer
  • bibliographic coupling
  • co-citation
  • information user
  • library anxiety


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