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Bibliometrics: Introduction

All about bibliometrics, and how you can make your research output more visible.

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This interactive online tutorial is a collaborative project of four Irish academic libraries (DCU, UCD, NUIM, DIT) and provides more detail on the issues and challenges associated with measuring research impact.


I would like to thank Robin Kear (Univ. of Pittsburgh), Katherine Akers (Emory Univ., Atlanta GA), Lucy Lions (Northwestern Univ., Evanston IL) and Andrew Spencer (Macquarie Univ., Sydney) for their permission to use some content from their guides.

What is Bibliometrics?

Bibliometrics can help you to make decisions about where to publish your research and how to get information about the impact of published research. Bibliometrics is measuring impact not quality.

This guide provides information about the most common tools that individual researchers or research administrators can use to measure the impact of their own or their institutions impact.

It also tries to help researchers to raise the visibility of publications and subsequently make it better known.

What impact can be measured with bibliometric data?

Article/Book Impact: The impact of particular works, such as journal articles, conference proceedings, and books, can be measured by the number of times they are cited by other works.

Journal impact: The impact of particular academic journals can be measured by the number of times their articles are cited and where they are cited.

Researcher impact: The number of works a researcher has published and the number of times these works have been cited can be an indicator for the impact of an individual researcher

Institutional impact: The prestige of a department or area of research within an institution can be measured by the collective impact of its individual researchers compared to those at other institutions.

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