Research Conception of Palm Leaf Manuscript Conservation: Bibliometric Analysis of Scopus database


  • M. Nishanthi Library, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • H.U.C.S. Kumara Library, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • K.W.A.M. Konpola Library, University of Sri Jayewardenepura


The most significant and reliable source for learning about the intellectual output of our predecessors is thought to be manuscripts. The bibliometric analysis is used in the study to conduct a social network analysis of the scientific literature on the conservation and preservation of palm leaf manuscripts. The objectives of the study are to identify the format of palm leaf conservation and preservation research publications, to identify which journals are the most fruitful, to identify the most prolific authors and authorship patterns in studies on palm leaf conservation and preservation, etc. "palm leaf manuscripts”, "palm leaf manuscript conservation”, and “conservation and preservation" were keywords that were used to search the documents. Biblioshiny package, an open-source Excel package was used to analyse and visualise the data in the study. Out of 101 research publications, the majority (84) of the research output has been published as journal articles. "Sciences and the global on methods, questions, and theory,"written by Sivasundaram S. in 2010, is one of the most globally cited articles in the field of palm leaf conservation and preservation. From 2002 to 2021, the top author in the field of palm leaf preservation and conservation is Draper J. from Thailand, who presented 3 papers and received the highest citation count of 1.67. India is the most productive country in Asia, with 45 publications of palm leaf manuscript conservation documents. The most relevant affiliation was the University of Khon Kaen in Thailand and the most cited country was the United Kingdom. The authors commonly used the word manuscript, digitization, Buddhism, and conservation. The study recommends that conducted from a broader perspective by covering other relevant databases and using other bibliometric software and packages.

KEYWORDS: Bibliometric analysis, Biblioshiny, Conservation and Preservation, Palm leaf manuscripts, Scopus database