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Bibliometrics: Introduction

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

MyRI Online Tutorial

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.


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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 is the quantitative analysis of publications. It can help you to make decisions about where to publish your research and to get information about the impact of published research. 

This guide provides information about the most common tools that individual researchers or research administrators can use to measure their own, or their institution's, research impact.

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 of 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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