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Citation Searching and Bibliometric Measures   Tags: author impact, bibliometrics, citation searching, journal impact  

A discussion on topics such as the h-index, Eigenfactor, Impact Factor, Journal Citation Reports, and other tools.
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Law of Scattering

80% of the citations come from about 20% of the journals cited, identifying a core list for a local journal collection.

  • - Chung, H. (2007)
    Evaluating academic journals using impact factor and local citation score. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 33(3), 393-402. doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2007.01.016

Sample Bibliometric Map

Eigenfactor Social Science Citation Relationships 2004

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Thomson Reuters (ISI Web of Knowledge)

For Librarians

An Open Access toolkit to support bibliometrics training and awareness offered by four Irish academic libraries (Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and University College Dublin) and funded by the Irish National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR).

All materials are available under Creative Commons license, enabling you to select, edit and re-package them to suit your local needs.


What is Bibliometrics?

  • The branch of library science concerned with the application of mathematical and statistical analysis to bibliography; the statistical analysis of books, articles, or other publications. ("bibliometrics, n.". OED Online. December 2011. Oxford University Press.)

  • In other words…data about publications, or citation frequency.

  • Scientometrics is the branch of information science concerned with the application of bibliometrics to the study of the spread of scientific ideas; the bibliometric analysis of science. ("scientometrics, n.". OED Online. December 2011. Oxford University Press.)

Why is this important?

A student asks you "What are the best journals in the field of Anthropology?"

A professor asks you "Who is citing my articles? How many times have I been cited?"

A student asks you "How do I know this article is important?"

A professor asks you "Which journal should I publish in?"

Bibliometrics effects:

  • People
  • Journal collections
  • Research Funding
  • Tenure
  • Expertise status in the field
  • Finding others in the field/subject area (using citation searching)

New Directions for Altmetrics

New research is being done to define 'altmetrics' that also define a researcher's impact. The method of communication can vary but is outside of the traditional journal article.

The University of Pittsburgh has partnered with Plum Analytics to provide alternative methods of measuring research output. We are pioneering this effort.

  • Pitt-Plum Analytics Press Announcement
    University of Pittsburgh becomes the first institution to adopt Plum Analytics to provide other metrics for research output.
  • Altmetrics in the wild: Using social media to explore scholarly impact
    By Jason Priem, Heather A. Piwowar, Bradley M. Hemminger.

    "In growing numbers, scholars are integrating social media tools like blogs, Twitter, and Mendeley into their professional communications. The online, public nature of these tools exposes and reifies scholarly processes once hidden and ephemeral. Metrics based on this activities could inform broader, faster measures of impact, complementing traditional citation metrics."
  • Scholars Seek Better Ways to Track Impact Online
    By Jennifer Howard in the Chronicle of Higher Education, January 29, 2012

    "An approach called altmetrics—short for alternative metrics—aims to measure Web-driven scholarly interactions, such as how often research is tweeted, blogged about, or bookmarked."
  • Citation by Citation, New Maps Chart Hot Research and Scholarship's Hidden Terrain
    By Jennifer Howard in the Chronicle of Higher Education, September 11, 2011

    "Imagine a Google Maps of scholarship, a set of tools sophisticated enough to help researchers locate hot research, spot hidden connections to other fields, and even identify new disciplines as they emerge in the sprawling terrain of scholarly communication."

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