Tips for reading and interpreting altmetrics research (Guest post by Stacy Konkiel)

Welcome to the first Altmetrics Research Roundup! In these regular posts, I’ll be sharing and summarizing the altmetrics research that’s most relevant to practicing bibliometricians’ daily work. In other words, I’ll stay on top of the literature so you don’t have to. Our first post will cover an important but relatively unknown issue in altmetrics: … Continue reading Tips for reading and interpreting altmetrics research (Guest post by Stacy Konkiel)

Starting out in bibliometrics? Read this…

...and when I say, read this, I don't mean this blog post, I mean, this: Yves Gingras's "Bibliometrics and Research Evaluation: uses and abuses" (2016, MIT Press). And here are my top 6 reasons why I heartily recommend this book to practitioners:- It's short. I know this shouldn't be one's primary consideration when selecting a … Continue reading Starting out in bibliometrics? Read this…

Who is responsible for responsible metrics?

There are many stakeholders in the world of research evaluation by numbers, and the Metric Tide Report did a great job of teasing out who should be doing what. At the ARMA Conference this year, the Metrics Special Interest Group (SIG) brought together a fantastic panel of those stakeholders to get an understanding of how they have responded to the Metric Tide report: what is happening in the world of responsible metrics, and what needs to happen next?

The metric tidal wave – guest post by Karen Clews

Like most institutions, the release of the Metric Tide report in July 2015 came at a busy time for us. We were in the midst of a REF open access campaign, continuing our work to embed our CRIS (Pure) into institutional processes, and thinking about how to increase our research data management provisions without breaking the bank.

In a day of a Bibliomagician (Shannon Gordon)

Kick starting the series of "In a day of a Bibliomagician" we focus on what it is like to be a Bibliometrician in Canada. Shannon Gordon who is a Bibliometrics and Reseach Impact Librarian at the University of Waterloo, shares with us her experience. Here is her interview. Shannon, thank you very much for agreeing … Continue reading In a day of a Bibliomagician (Shannon Gordon)

SciVal’s Field weighted citation impact: Sample size matters!

SciVal’s field-weighted citation impact (FWCI) is an article-level metric that takes the form of a simple ratio: actual citations to a given output divided by the expected rate for outputs of similar age, subject and publication type.  FWCI has the dual merits of simplicity and ease of interpretation: a value of 2 indicates that an … Continue reading SciVal’s Field weighted citation impact: Sample size matters!

Measuring the magnificence of monographs

At Loughborough University we have recently been thinking about how we can use bibliometrics responsibly.  Not surprisingly our conversations tended to focus on journal and conference papers where the majority of citation databases focus.  However, as part of this process the question inevitably arose as to whether there were also ways we could measure the … Continue reading Measuring the magnificence of monographs