International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246

Full Length Research Paper

Biobibliometric portrait of Dr. Dilip Mahalanabis, pioneer of oral rehydration solution (ORS), the life-saving solution

Susanta Koley
  • Susanta Koley
  • Durgapur Institute of Advanced Technology and Management, G T Road, Rajbandh, Durgapur, Pashim Bardhaman, West Bengal, India.
  • Google Scholar

  •  Received: 03 August 2023
  •  Accepted: 25 September 2023
  •  Published: 30 November 2023


Dr. Dilip Mahalanabis is a medical cum clinician scientist and globally celebrated pediatrician for his epoch-making discovery of ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) in diarrhea and allied research. He is recognized as the “Father of ORS or Pioneer of ORS.” This biobibliometric study is based on his 233 publications contributed during 1970 to 2022, nearly during 53 years, including service and retirement period and shows various aspects of his career. From the collected bio-data and bibliographic-data, this study identifies year wise growth of research publications, authorship patterns, author productivity, research team and co-authors, leading collaborative authors, scattering of publications in various national and international communication channels, his most notable journal, and relationships with Degree of collaboration. It counts citation growth rate according to citation received in different abstracting and indexing journals. It also examines that the data set follows Lotka’s Law and Badford’s Law.


Key words: Biobibliometrics, bibliometric, citation growth rate, Dilip Mahalanabis, oral rehydration solution, ORS, oral rehydration therapy, ORT, oral saline.