Eugene Garfield, 1925-2017. Guest post by Christopher King

In this blog post, The Bibliomagician pays a special tribute to one of the founding fathers of Bibliometrics: the late Dr Eugene Garfield. 

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What do we value?

The tension between publishing strategically to enhance standing in current academic culture and increasing the openness of scholarly communications is one I see regularly. Lizzie Gadd’s My double life blog post articulating this tension resonated for many Bibliomagician readers. Moving beyond our anecdotal experience, the Knowledge Exchange Approach to Open Scholarship white paper highlights this … Continue reading What do we value?

Summary of different institutions’ approach to rolling out SciVal and support services. Guest post by Jenny Coombs.

A few months ago I asked the lis-bibliometrics list how institutions that had purchased SciVal had rolled it out across their respective universities.  We have recently taken out a subscription to SciVal at my own institution (De Montfort University in Leicester, UK) and we are starting to think about the services and support we want … Continue reading Summary of different institutions’ approach to rolling out SciVal and support services. Guest post by Jenny Coombs.

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…

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)

HEFCE: The road to the Responsible Research Metrics Forum – Guest post by Ben Johnson

On Wednesday 8th February 2017, Imperial College made headlines by announcing that it has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. Meaning that Imperial will no longer consider journal-based metrics, such as journal impact factors, in decisions on the hiring and promotion of academic staff. Their decision followed a long campaign by Stephen Curry, a professor … Continue reading HEFCE: The road to the Responsible Research Metrics Forum – Guest post by Ben Johnson