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1 Library Scholarly Communication & Bibliometrics and a new ISI University Rankings Methodology Max Weber Programme 17 November 2010

2 Library Bibliometrics Data about publications Citation patterns Impact factors Quantitative analysis

3 Library Bibliometrics Usage Funding authorities Univesity administrators Information science Scientific competitiveness –eg. UNESCO 2010 reportUNESCO 2010 report As indicators in core research Bibliometrics as a sub-discipline

4 Library ISI Web of Knowledge ISI Web of Science Select Web of Science in top tab Reference guide

5 Library ISI – scheduled upgrades –2011: Book Citation IndexBook Citation Index –Context-sensitive for academic disciplines –Institutional and departmental analysis –Percentage of cited and uncited papers –Collaboration indicators (geo/institutional) –Interdisciplinary citation index

6 Library Caveats Language coverage – diacritic errors Main articles sometimes mis-classified as reviews Limited to what is in database Citation = correctly cited (ISI does not correct references) Not clear why all in a series are not indexed – NBER Definition of Science – some journalistic material Author names – lack of DAI – variations First-author dominance Self citation Institution names Authors moving between institutions/internationally

7 Library Bibliometrics – Google Scholar Google Scholar – citation analysis Comparisons Research Remix

8 Library 2 views I understand that bibliometrics is attractive because it looks objective. But as Einstein used to say, Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Ellen Hazelkorn, author of forthcoming (Palgrave 2011) Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education forthcoming, March 2011 (Palgrave) –Quoted in IHT, 15 November 2010

9 Library 2 views Just because you cant measure everything doesnt mean you shouldnt measure anything –Ben Wildavsky, author of The Great Brain Race (Princeton, 2010)The Great Brain Race –Quoted in IHT, 15 November 2010

10 Library Academic Communication Paper and Electronic Books & e-Books Journals & e-Journals – licensed/open access Advanced OA / Web dissemination Example of PLoS article (June, 2010)Example of PLoS article

11 Library Metrics for University Repositories? European University Institute Cadmus Federated Repositories Nereus Institutional Metrics ROAR

12 Library New kinds of metrics Webometrics of World's Universities –RankingsRankings –CCHSCCHS

13 Library A Network Approach A network approach Science mapping Los Alamos map Atlas of Science (2010)Atlas of Science (2010) Some EUI research

14 Library University Rankings ISI / Times Higher Education –September 2010

15 Library For the Young Academic… Become familiar with bibliometric trends, open access and institutional repositories –eg. Impact of Impact and LSE ConnectImpact of ImpactLSE Connect Maintain a homepage – with data if possible Join a society of authors Read educational journals, such as: –The Chronicle of Education –Times Higher Education

16 Library Bibliography Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: the battle for world class excellence, forthcoming, March 2011 (Palgrave) Can we Create a National Digital Library? by Robert Darnton, NYRB, Vol.57 (16) 28 October 2010 and replies in NYRB Vol.57 (18) 25 November 2010Can we Create a National Digital Library?replies in NYRB The Questionable Science Behind Academic Rankings, by D.D. Guttenplan, Intl. Herald Tribune, 15 November 2010, p.9 (NYT, 14 November 2010)The Questionable Science Behind Academic Rankings UNESCO Science Report October, 2010UNESCO Science Report ISI/Times Higher Education University Rankings, 16 September 2010ISI/Times Higher Education University Rankings Impact and Influence by Joanna Bale in LSE Connect, Summer 2010, pp Impact and Influence The Great Brain Race by Ben Wildavsky, Princeton, 2010The Great Brain Race Author Co-citation Analysis: quantitative methods for mapping the intellectual structure of an academic discipline by Sean Eom, 2009 (EUI-LSC-029-EOM)Author Co-citation Analysis: quantitative methods for mapping the intellectual structure of an academic discipline

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