On Thursday 12 September I attended this event at the University of Sussex. For those of you who haven’t come across the term before, bibliometrics describe the ways that exist to measure influence or impact in the journal literature.
There were a number of speakers from various institutions and the presentations can be found on the Bibliometrics in Libraries page.
A few sessions I found interesting included the following.
Looking past the usual metrics to help researchers demonstrate excellence to support grant applications (Peter Darroch, SciVal Consultant, Elsevier) – this session gave a good overview of the types of metrics available as well as examples of when in your career it would make most sense to use different metrics. The overall message however was to think about what you wish to measure before using any particular metric and to treat all metrics with a health warning.
This session highlighted a blog that is worth a look if you are interested in scholarly communication – the Scholarly Kitchen:
“The mission of the Society for Scholarly Publishing is “[t]o advance scholarly publishing and communication, and the professional development of its members through education, collaboration, and networking.” The Scholarly Kitchen…a moderated and independent blog aimed to help fulfill this mission by bringing together differing opinions, commentary, and ideas, and presenting them openly.” (from About the Scholarly Kitchen)
Article-level and alternative metrics: tracking other indicators of impact online (Jean Liu, Altmetric.com) – this was a presentation on the Altmetric.com service and how their tool uses other ways to illustrate impact such as measuring blog posts, tweets, download counts and page views. This type of measurement is seen as complementary to traditional measures of impact.
Remember you can read about the many types of tools available to track other non-traditional means of impact in the evaluation tools module that is part of our Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools programme.
The h-index. Friend or Foe? (Ian Rowlands, Research Services Manager and Bibliometrician, University of Leicester) – this session talked about the h-index and how it can be used as well as what to watch out for. If you are looking for your h-index make sure you check a variety of different sources such as Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar as they may be different.
Finally, for more information about bibliometrics see our bibliometrics and impact factors web page and this Bibliometrics reading list in Mendeley.