Using and understanding bibliometrics
Bibliometrics is a collective term for a range of approaches used to quantify aspects of scholarly publications through citations data. When used in the right context, bibliometric data can provide a wealth of useful information on the impact of individual articles, groups of articles (e.g., the work of a particular author or institution) or particular publications (e.g., journals). However, used uncritically, bibliometrics can be misleading. UCL is committed to the responsible use of bibliometrics, and aims to support those accessing and using bibliometrics to do so confidently.
The aim of this session is to introduce researchers to the practical and theoretical basics of bibliometrics. It explores the tools available to obtain bibliometric data, including Web of Science, InCites, Scopus, and Google Scholar. We will also look at different bibliometric indicators, how to choose the most appropriate ones in a given context, and how to interpret them responsibly. Finally, we will look at altmetrics (alternative metrics), new indicators which can be used to give a sense of the reach and impact of research outside of academia.
This session will cover:
• Introduction to the field of bibliometrics and its practical applications
• Hands-on experience of obtaining metrics from some major databases (Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, InCites)
• Introduction to key citation indicators, and the pros and cons of their use in different contexts
• Introduction to author identifiers (including ORCID)
• Introduction to new and alternative metrics for assessing reach and impact
• Responsible use of metrics (including San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment; the Leiden Manifesto; and UCL's own bibliometric guidance)
By the end of this course you will be able to:
• Understand what bibliometrics are and some of the most commonly used bibliometric indicators
• Understand the importance and relevance of bibliometric data in research
• Discuss the importance of the responsible use of bibliometric data, and which indicators are appropriate in which contexts
• Use Web of Science and Scopus to carry out cited reference searching and to discover bibliometric data for individual papers and authors
• Use InCites to discover bibliometric data for groups of papers and for institutions
• Understand some of the problems and limitations associated with the use of bibliometric data
• Understand the role of standard researcher identifiers
• Understand of the role of altmetrics in identifying the impact of research
Prerequisities: Attendees should be familiar and comfortable with using Web of Science or Scopus (preferably both) – running searches and navigating the results. The library offers a separate course covering these databases, which would work as a suitable introduction.
This session is also a part of the Research Staff Development Programme .
- Monday, November 4, 2019
- 10:00am - 1:00pm
- DMS Watson (Science Library) Cluster room (G15), Ground Floor