Law of Scattering
80% of the citations come from about 20% of the journals cited, identifying a core list for a local journal collection.
Sample Bibliometric Map
Eigenfactor Social Science Citation Relationships 2004
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Thomson Reuters (ISI Web of Knowledge)
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).
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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?"
- Journal collections
- Research Funding
- 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.