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Citation Searching and Bibliometric Measures: Home

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

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)

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.

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