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1 connecting you with information, support and your community JIBS - Research evaluation - is it our business? Librarians' roles in the brave new world of research evaluation Supporting Bibliometrics Jenny Delasalle Academic Support Manager (Research)

2 connecting you with information, support and your community I will cover… Some background information about University of Warwick and about me. Bibliometrics in use: how they can be relevant to researchers Understanding bibliometrics: stuff I tell researchers!

3 connecting you with information, support and your community About me & my role at Warwick Academic Support Manager (Research) Academic Support Manager (Teaching & Learning) Teaching Grid and Learning Grid Manager Academic Services Development Manager Head of Academic Services Academic Support Librarian (Research) Research Exchange Advisers, Co- ordinator, Assistant., Ambassadors

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5 What the Library offers to Researchers Subject expert ASLs who liaise with departments about their needs & deliver information skills training, enquiries support, etc Specialist collections, including MRC (Archive) Information Management strand on the Research Student Skills Programme One-off, tailored workshops and presentations. WRAP repository & NEW Publications Service Expertise on advanced information skills… including bibliometrics, copyright, publishing, Web 2.0 The Wolfson Research Exchange

6 connecting you with information, support and your community Liaison with …. IT Services Student Careers and Skills - for training students (including PhD students) Graduate School – administration of post-graduate students (including PhD students) Institute for Advanced Studies – early career fellowships Learning and Development Centre - part of HR, for training staff. Research Support Services – help with grant applications but also managing fincances throughout project Management & Planning office – handle REF return but also provide HoDs with information. Communications Office – promoting Warwick research Legal Compliance – guidance on copyright, data protection, etc

7 connecting you with information, support and your community Routes to reach researchers at Warwick RSF – Research Staff Forum Research Committee Faculty Research Forum (chairs) (Heads of) Research Centres/ Institutes (Heads of) Doctoral training centres Directors of Graduate studies PhD supervisers training Direct e-mail (list from HR) Via ASLs, Graduate SSLCs and Library reps Communications Office newsletter every week & monthly magazine & the Uni Intranet LDC newsletter WRAP newsletter Library website, Research Exchange website, blogs, Facebook

8 connecting you with information, support and your community An interest in bibliometrics! Journals to keep/withdraw Repository management: advocacy messages that OA publishing boosts citations. Does repository deposit make a difference to citations? Will the REF include citation measurements? Web of Knowledge training free, through Mimas Jiscmail Lis-bibliometrics list.

9 connecting you with information, support and your community Our Approach to bibliometrics Understanding of bibliometrics is a key information skill Best not to refer to the term bibliometrics itself? Cover elements of these in other workshops: –Getting Published –Literature Searching Use the controversy around publication strategy to engage audience: workshop at a doctoral centre. Publicise our expertise: amongst researchers and University management. Online material to complement our offer. –REx website: Researcher to Researcher approach

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14 Bibliometrics in use Considering where to publish. What do we do about the REF? Benchmarking a department. Evidence for a job application/grant application/salary review, etc –Measurements in University rankings.

15 connecting you with information, support and your community Appraising journals when considering publication Librarians: –Know the data sources (WoK Ifs, SciMago SJR, RePec, Anne- Wil Harzings website) –Know about Open Access –Know where journals are indexed & which indexes are important to a discipline Other than impact factors, we have knowledge of: –Features of journals such as letter, blogs, reviews, etc –Copyright agreements –Publicising your work using Web 2.0 –Other publication channels than journals: how to measure them! –Cross-disciplinary perspective.

16 connecting you with information, support and your community Impact Factors : JCR and SciMago JCRSciMago Subscription-basedOpen access resource No equivalentSJR No equivalentTotal Docs Total Cites (given for 1 year)Total Cites (given for 3 years) 2 year impact factorCites/Docs (2 years) 5 year impact factorNo equivalent Immediacy IndexNo equivalent Cited Half-LifeNo equivalent Eigenfactor scoreNo equivalent

17 connecting you with information, support and your community What can we say about REF 2014 and bibliometrics? Not much – yet! Watch for announcements this summer. Work with department which gathers our return. Ensure that publications data is properly recorded. Medicine, Science and Engineering most likely candidates.

18 connecting you with information, support and your community Benchmarking a department 1.No. of papers published by a department in a given period, for example: Source: http://www.science-metrix.com/pdf/SM_CETC_Energy_Report_V05_F3.pdfhttp://www.science-metrix.com/pdf/SM_CETC_Energy_Report_V05_F3.pdf NB how do you define which papers to be included for each set? 2.No. of citations: total or per paper?

19 connecting you with information, support and your community Evidence about an individual – h-index h-index of 4 means there are 4 published papers each with at least 4 citations OR: Professor X has a total of 10 publications Publication 120 cites Publication 218 cites Publication 311 cites Publication 4 7 cites ----------------------------------------------------------- h-index: 4 Publication 54 cites Publication 63 cites Publications 7,8,9,100 cites

20 connecting you with information, support and your community Evidence about an individual (2) Egghe's g-index – aims to improve on the H-index by giving more weight to highly-cited articles. Contemporary h-index - aims to improve on the H-index by giving more weight to recent articles and therefore rewards academics who maintain a steady level of activity. Be wary of others declared h-index scores: which data sets are they based on? Context is everything!

21 connecting you with information, support and your community Measurement in University Rankings Which ones matter to your University? –Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) - also known as The Shanghai RankingsThe Shanghai Rankings –Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings World University Rankings –The QS World University Rankings QS World University Rankings –Webometrics Ranking of World UniversitiesWebometrics A good ranking… –helps universities attract the most talented researchers. –university can set higher fees and attract more funding for research. BUT how they are calculated might not mean that a high h- index is the thing to ask of your researchers… !

22 connecting you with information, support and your community Understanding Bibliometrics Not one bibliometric measure but many: –Paper counts –journal impact factors –The h-index –citation scores at article level –visitor numbers (or other info) for online articles Motivations for publication. Motivations for citation. Effects of collaboration? Discipline? Differences in data sources: their coverage/collection, the measures they publish and the graphs/analysis they offer.

23 connecting you with information, support and your community RAE: what was submitted? All institutions 2008 RAE journal articles: 167,831 All institutions 2008 RAE all types: 222,177 https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Project- Merit/Merit-Search/https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Project- Merit/Merit-Search/

24 connecting you with information, support and your community RIN (September 2009). Communicating knowledge: How and why UK researchers publish and disseminate their findings, Research Information Network; JISC.

25 connecting you with information, support and your community Collaboration effects Other researchers – own discipline, or other disciplines? Peer review practices vary: in the Arts can take upwards of 6 months. With industry – publication good for them? Agreement on what to publish & where Acknowledging contributions: variety of practice Negotiation skills!

26 connecting you with information, support and your community Some motivations for citations Paying homage to experts –Especially those likely to be peer reviewers! Credit to peers whose work you have built upon –Lend weight to own claims Provide background reading Criticising/correcting previous work Sign-posting under-noticed work –(own paper which would affect your h-index!) Self citations!

27 connecting you with information, support and your community Citation patterns Most publications have little or no citations. Variety across the disciplines. Therefore comparisons within a discipline are most useful. Percentages against a world average within each discipline are more useful than basic numbers.

28 connecting you with information, support and your community Sceptical and informed!


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