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How to increase the visibility of your research?: Bibliometrics

What is Bibliometrics?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Bibliometrics is statistical analysis of written publications, such as books or articles. Bibliometric methods are frequently used in the field of library and information science, including scientometrics. For instance, bibliometrics are used to provide quantitative analysis of academic literature or for evaluating budgetary spending. Citation analysisis a commonly used bibliometric method. Many research fields use bibliometric methods to explore the impact of their field, the impact of a set of researchers, or the impact of a particular paper. Bibliometrics also has a wide range of other applications, such as in descriptive linguistics, the development of thesauri, and evaluation of reader usage.

Bibliometrics Research Support

  • OII Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources. This JISC-funded toolkit was developed by the Oxford Internet Institute to help authors, publishers, and librarians, learn more about measuring the impact of digital scholarship. The Web site is divided into three sections: case studies, quantitative methods, and qualitative methods. The two latter sections define and discuss methodological subcategories, such as bibliometrics/scientometrics and content analysis. Contributions to the toolkit are encouraged in the form of articles and comments, which can be submitted after creating a free user account. Access:

Sources of Bibliometric Data

Scopus (  Scopus is a relative newcomer to the scholarly search field, founded in 2004, but offers a great deal of flexibility for the bibliometric user.  First, searches can be done on fields including the abstracts and keywords, but also on the references.  This makes it particularly useful for the purpose of finding citations to digitised resources compared to the Web of Knowledge, which does not search the text of the citations.  It also allows for relatively easy downloading of your searches, although there are some limits on very large results sets with over 2000 items.

Also, in Scopus has expanded humanities coverage in recent years, which makes this resource more valuable for finding citations to digital humanities materials.

Google Scholar ( Free access.

Google Scholar is the easiest of the three main sources of bibliographic data to perform simple searches in, as the interface is nearly identical to the main Google search engine.  Compared with Scopus and Web of Knowledge, however, you have far less control over your searches as Google Scholar does not include the ability to do fine grained boolean searching, and often returns far more false positives than the other services.  However, Google Scholar also has the most coverage of informal scholarly communication (such as presentations and conference papers), so may be able to find results the other tools have not.

ISI Web of Knowledge ( The Web of Knowledge (WoK) is the grandfather of search sites that use citation-based searching techniques.  Founded by Eugene Garfield, one of the originators of many bibliometric techniques, WoK allows a variety of search options and the ability to follow citations from article to article.  The databases included in the Web of Science portion of the WoK site cover the sciences, social sciences and humanities, and have recently expanded to include conference proceedings in addition to journal articles.

A major limitation of using WoK to find citations to digital resources, however, is that the fields you are able to search are somewhat limited: they do not include the full text of the article, and they do not include the text of the references.