My RI - Measuring your research impact. 

Introduction and definition

This module provides an overview of bibliometrics; the context for the use of publication and citation analysis in higher education; a look at the main metrics used; the main tools available to research staff and students and a look at the issues and limitations of bibliometrics. At the end of this module you will be able to: 

  • Understand the context and use of bibliometrics in higher education
  • Describe the main metrics used in the evaluation and assessment of research, and the tools used to gather bibliometric data
  • Identify the main issues and limitations associated with bibliometric analyses
There are many definitions of the term Bibliometrics, for example:

“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.” (Oxford English Dictionary Online)

“the statistical analysis of bibliographic data, mainly in the scientific and technical literatures. It measures the amount of scientific activity in a subject category, journal, country or other area of interest”. (Henry Small, Thomson Reuters)

When we talk about Bibliometrics we refer to the quantitative measures used to assess research output, like publication and citation data analysis.

Citations are generally considered to be a useful indication of a paper’s impact and value to the wider scientific research community. 

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My RI by University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth and the NDLR adapted by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at