Outputs from Bibliometrics in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences conference

Here are the links to presentations given at the recent #AHSSmetrics conference at the University of Westminster, 24 March 2017. Many thanks to all the presenters, and to the participants, for a stimulating day. For those who missed the event, Karen Rowlett has helpfully created a Storify of the tweets at https://storify.com/karenanya/bibliometrics-for-the-arts-and-humanities.

10.00 Welcome – Martin Doherty – Head of Department, Dept of History, Sociology & Criminology, University of Westminster

10.10 Opening Panel: How appropriate is bibliometrics for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences?( Chaired by Katie Evans, University of Bath) – Peter Darroch (Plum Analytics), Professor Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study and Senate House Library), Stephen Grace (London South Bank University)

10.40 Citation metrics across disciplines – Google Scholar, Scopus and the Web of Science: A cross-disciplinary comparison – Anne-Wil Harzing (University of Middlesex)

11.20 Tea & Coffee

11.50 Impacts of reputation metrics and contemporary art practices – Emily Rosamond (Arts University of Bournemouth)

12.20 Bibliometrics as a research tool: The international rise of Jurgen Habermas – Christian Morgner (University of Leicester) NB presentation in person only

1.00 Lunch (Kindly sponsored by Plum Analytics)

1.45 Workshop: Practice with PoP: How to use Publish or Perish effectively? (laptop with PoP software installed needed) – Anne-Wil Harzing

2.45 A funder’s perspective: bibliometrics and the arts and humanities – Sumi David (AHRC)

3.15 Bibliometric Competencies – Sabrina Petersohn (University of Wuppertal)

3.45 Tea & Coffee

4.00 Lightning talks:

4.30 Round Up by Stephanie Meece (University of the Arts London)

Job Opportunity: Bibliometric Analyst at Chalmers University of Technology

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.

Read more and apply:


Application deadline: 17 January 2017

For questions, please contact:
Daniel Forsman, Chalmers bibliotek, daniel.forsman@chalmers.se, 031 7723751


Job Opportunity: Bibliometrician and Data Analyst at University of Leicester

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.

Click here to see the Job Summary for this position.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to liboffice@le.ac.uk

Job Opportunity: Research Information Analyst & Open Access Officer, LSE

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.

For further information about the post, please see the job description and the person specification.

To apply for this post, please go to www.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:  hr.jobs@lse.ac.uk

The closing date for receipt of applications is 17th October (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Informal enquiries can be made to Nancy Graham at n.graham1@lse.ac.uk

Think of a number, any number…

Welcome to the blog run by ordinary research support professionals within universities who are called upon to perform extraordinary magic with biblio (publication) metrics (numbers).  These professionals are all members of the Lis-Bibliometrics Forum hosted by Jiscmail, and as the title suggests, are mainly from “LIS (Library and Information Science)” backgrounds, but increasingly from other settings – such as Research and Planning Offices – too.


Universities are dedicating more professional posts to the analysis and interpretation of bibliometric data as it forms an increasing role in the assessment of research quality.  However, many Librarians and Research Support staff have taken on this function in addition to already heavy workloads.  The plethora of recent calls for the responsible use of metrics, such as the Leiden Manifesto and the Metric Tide report, remind us that this is an important area to get right – and how easy it is to get it wrong.  So how are ordinary busy professionals supposed to pull the rabbit out of the hat?


Enter The Bibliomagician.


We’re hoping that The Bibliomagician blog will serve as a useful resource, alongside the Lis-Bibliometrics Forum, for practitioners trying to find their way with bibliometrics.  We hope to see contributions from a wide range of practitioners, suppliers and experts on topics of real interest to the community – and in plain English.  We also plan to blog about the key learnings from Lis-Bibliometrics-run events to create a permanent record of them for those who can’t attend. The Lis-Bibliometrics Forum have recently launched a call for a piece of work on bibliometric competencies, sponsored by Elsevier, the results of which will be hosted on the blog.  We also hope to host a collection of job descriptions and person specifications for bibliometric-related posts which might be useful to the community.  


So, let’s get this show on the road! Let us know if there are particular topics you’d like to see covered, and hopefully, together we can support our institutions to do bibliometrics responsibly and well.


Elizabeth Gadd

Lis-Bibliometrics Founder and Co-owner

June 2016