Greenwich Research and Enterprise (GRE) is the University’s central office responsible for developing a supportive research culture and establishing links with industry and enterprise. GRE works across four service areas: research services, business development and enterprise services, commercial and IP services, and business support services.
The university is investing in expanding its research services and recognises high quality support is pivotal to its research environment and is now recruiting a Research Outputs Manager to join the GRE Research Development Services team at Greenwich.
This role will lead the development of library services as they relate to research outputs and research data management in order to meet the needs of the University’s research community, external research funders, and the requirements of the Research Excellence Framework. In particular, this will involve overseeing the ongoing development of the Institutional Repository – GALA (Greenwich Academic Literature Archive) – ensuring its effective use for Open Access requirements, and the development and implementation of a Research Data Management Policy & Framework.
In the world of academia and research, “publish or perish” has become more complicated than ever. It’s not enough to merely publish, one has to publish in a high-impact journal, in the hopes of getting noticed, and more importantly, perhaps, getting funded for further research.
Institutions are urging their researchers to publish in high-impact journals. Library collections are on tight budgets, so librarians want only the best journals for their collections. Emphasis on impact and quality has given rise to a whole new realm of metrics by which to measure a journal. But which metric is best? What’s the magic bullet to definitively name a journal as The Best?
One of the most well-known journal metrics is the Journal Impact Factor (JIF). It seems like the JIF has invaded every aspect of the academic researcher’s world, but did you know it was developed for a very specific use?
JIF is defined as “a ratio of citations to a journal in a given year to the citable items in the prior two years.”It was intended as a simple measure for librarians evaluating the journals in their collections. In fact, the entirety of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) was developed for this purpose in the 1970s. Over the years, its utility to other markets has emerged – most importantly to publishers and editors of journals. It has also been misused to evaluate researchers, but Clarivate Analytics, formerly the IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, has always been quite clear that JCR data, and the JIF in particular, should not be used as proxy measures for individual papers or people.
So is JIF the be-all and end-all of journal evaluation? No. The truth is, there is no one metric that can be used to name the best journals. Why not? “Best” is subjective, and so are metrics.
Sticking with the JIF for now, anyone seeking to evaluate a journal’s place in the research world should not simply look at its JIF; that number, on its own with no context, has limited meaning. Even in context, the JIF is just one number; the JCR contains an entire suite of metrics for journal evaluation, and other parties also offer journal evaluation metrics, such as the SCImago Journal Rank, or the Eigenfactor metrics, which are produced by Clarivate Analytics in partnership with the University of Washington.
Both Eigenfactor and Normalized Eigenfactor scores look at the data in a different way than the JIF does—they look at the total importance of a scientific journal in the context of the entire body of journals in the JCR. While JIF uses two years of data and is limited to the field in which a journal is classified, Eigenfactor scores look at the entire corpus of journals and five years of data. A journal could be ranked lower by its JIF than by its Eigenfactor (or Normalized Eigenfactor).
So which is better: Journal A with a higher JIF or Journal B with a higher Eigenfactor? Looking at just these two metrics will not answer the question. Perhaps Journal B also has a higher Article Influence Score—a score greater than 1 shows that a journal’s articles tend to have an above-average influence. Perhaps Journal A also has a higher Percent Articles in Citable Items, meaning it tends to publish more original research than reviews. Looking outside the JCR, perhaps Journal A has had a higher citation count in the past year, whereas Journal B skews more favorably looking at Altmetrics like page views or social media mentions.
Therefore, any statements about a journal’s impact need to include context. When you evaluate a journal, you should look at all of its metrics for the most complete picture, and this picture will vary by field and year.
Bottom line? While there is no magic bullet to determine the best journals, with the wealth of journal metrics out there, and whatever might come down the pipeline in the future, evaluating journals in context is not as difficult as you might think!
The Lis-Bibliometrics commissioned, Elsevier sponsored bibliometric competencies research project is seeking to develop a community-supported set of bibliometric competencies, particularly for those working in libraries as well as in other related services. You can take part by completing the bibliometrics competencies survey at: https://survey.shef.ac.uk/limesurvey/index.php?sid=27492&lang=en
To get a flavour of the variety of bibliometric work going on, I asked fellow Lis-Bibliometric Committee members what they’re doing today:
“Today I’m helping a researcher clean up his very muddled and duplicated Scopus Author IDs and link his outputs to his ORCID iD. I’m also thinking about how best to benchmark the output of our Law school against our competitors for undergraduate students.” Karen Rowlett, Research Publications Adviser, University of Reading
“Today I’m discussing the release of our Responsible Metrics Statement (now approved by Senate J) with our PVCR; running some analyses on SciVal which look at the impact of Loughborough’s conference publications on our overall citation performance; and presenting at a cross-university meeting aimed at exploring how to improve the visibility of our research.” Elizabeth Gadd, Research Policy Manager (Publications), Loughborough University
“Today I am preparing a presentation on Metrics for one of the teams, and working on analysing the Leiden Ranking data.” Sahar Abuelbashar, Research Metrics Analyst, University of Sussex
Meanwhile, I’m advising researchers on using citation metrics in grant applications. What are you doing today?
Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is looking for a bibliometric analyst.
Chalmers, a highly progressive technological university, is situated on the west coast of Sweden in beautiful Gothenburg.
Information about the research/the project/the department Chalmers Library is expanding its work with bibliometrics and university ranking analytics. The objective is to support the university management, departments and areas of advance with strategic advice for development. Currently there is a team devoted to this and they report to the Library Director. The work consists of analytics, developing strategies and report on publishing, impact and university ranking in close collaboration with researchers and relevant units within the university. By being active in national and international networks we collaborate with other universities.
Job description Do you want to contribute to Chalmers development and research impact? If so, an exciting and stimulating position awaits! Your work will consist of studying and analysing Chalmers publications, impact and research collaboration. Data-points include the local system for research information, Web of Science, Scopus and SciVal. You are also expected to contribute to our university ranking analytics. Based upon your results and experience you will discuss development strategies with university management, departments and areas of advance daily Participating in relevant networks and monitoring the development of methodologies is expected.
Leicester is recruiting a permanent, full-time bibliometrician and explains the role thus:
You will provide high-level expertise, and advice to the University on the use of bibliometrics and related indicators in support of the University’s research objectives and to ensure that the University maintains a comprehensive record of its research outputs and that these are correctly indexed by the major citation services.
You will also ensure that the Library anticipates and meets the needs of the University Research community through user engagement activity with researchers, colleagues in the Research Enterprise Division and the Library to identify opportunities for, and new approaches to, using bibliometrics and analytics to support research, help maximise the quality and impact of research outputs and enabling researchers and professional staff to use altmetrics and other tools for their own analysis.
In addition, the role will require expertise in learning and library analytics and through the exploitation of bibliometrics, data analytics and the application of best research practice to inform Library strategic planning.
The Bibliomagician blogseeks to provide comment and guidance for practitioners engaging with bibliometrics. We now are seeking an enthusiastic volunteer to take The Bibliomagician Blog on to the next level! The post-holder would sit on the ‘light-touch’ Lis-Bibliometrics Committee and be responsible for:
Soliciting relevant content for the Blog
Scheduling blog posts
Managing the resources pages
Reporting back to the Committee
This would be a great opportunity for someone seeking to make their mark on the world of bibliometrics, whilst developing their bibliometric knowledge, social media and editorial skills within a friendly and supportive environment. For more information or to express an interest in this role, please get in touch with Elizabeth Gadd Chair of the Lis-Bibliometrics Forum.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is currently advertising for a Research Information Analyst & Open Access Officer in the Research Support Services team, LSE Library:
Salary from £33,784 to £40,867 pa inclusive (pro-rata)
This is a fixed term appointment for 11 months (maternity cover) and is part time for 21 hours per week
Closing date 17 October 2016
The Library is at the heart of LSE, one of the world’s greatest social science universities, and serves a vibrant community of students and staff in the centre of London. The Library has a high reputation both nationally and internationally for its extensive collections, its involvement in innovative projects and its high quality services.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Research Support Services team to provide bibliometric initiatives in the Library and oversee the LSE Institutional Publication Fund. You will lead on bibliometrics activities by providing expertise on citation analysis and conducting bibliometric reports to support the evaluation of research. You will maintain an in-depth knowledge of this area, providing advice on the use of a range of traditional and emerging publication metrics such as citation and altmetrics.
In this post you will also be responsible for administering the LSE Institutional Publication Fund and overseeing the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for paid Open Access papers. This involves promoting the fund to researchers and managing workflows between authors, publishers and funders. This role will involve close liaison with the repository manager, academics, the Research Division and other groups in the School.
You will be a graduate with a CILIP-recognised professional qualification in librarianship or information science with post qualification experience of working in a library or similar customer service environment, preferably in higher education. You should be an excellent communicator with strong organisational skills. You will be able to initiate service developments as well as having the ability to work as part of a team. Experience of working with bibliometrics or supporting research would be an advantage.
We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.
To apply for this post, please go towww.lse.ac.uk/LSEJobs.If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for receipt of applications is17thOctober (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.