My RI - Measuring your research impact. Government and funding agencies

Bibliometric data is also used in assessing grant applications. Where appropriate, grant applicants will be required to provide detailed information relating to their publishing output. This could include: evidence of publishing in top journals; an author’s h-index and citations counts where relevant.

Forfás and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) commissioned a bibliometric study “to profile research activity and areas of existing and emerging research strengths across the public research base”. The study was conducted by Evidence Ltd., part of the Thomson Reuters Group. The report “Research Strengths in Ireland: A bibliometric Study” was published in December 2009.

Institutional Management and Administration

Evaluating research output is fundamental to all institutional planning and strategy development activities. Bibliometric data (where applicable) can be used to help:

  • Recruit staff
  • Benchmark performance (nationally and internationally)
  • Identify areas of strength and weakness (to inform future priorities)
  • Demonstrate some form of return on investment to funding bodies, industry and the general public

Click the image to watch a video interview with Professor Ray O’Neill, Vice President for Research, National University of Ireland, Maynooth where he discusses the use of bibliometric data by institutions.

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