Meet the Committee

Meet the members of the LIS-Bibliometrics committee

Elizabeth Gadd (Chair)

Gadd-photoElizabeth is the Research Policy Manager (Publications) at Loughborough University. She has a background in Libraries and Scholarly Communication research. She is the co-founder of the Lis-Bibliometrics Forum and is the ARMA Metrics Special Interest Group Champion.

Sahar Abuelbashar

25208_408946019277_512459277_5365473_3367165_nHaving previously worked in a variety of sectors ranging from Fashion Retail to Local Government, Sahar joined the University of Sussex as the Research Metrics Analyst. Her role is to provide high-level expertise on the use of bibliometrics and other related research performance indicators, as well as to contribute to the University’s research strategy by creating, distributing and explaining relevant reports in the context of the assessment of research activities to inform senior decision-makers.

Nathalie Cornee

Nathalie is LSE Library’s ResearcNC_profilepic1h Information Analyst. In her role, Nathalie focuses on providing support and training in all aspects of bibliometrics and citation analysis to researchers, administrative and research support staff to help them getting some understanding how the metrics are calculated and how they can be used to maximise the visibility and exposure of their research findings.

Sally Dalton

[Currently on leave]

Katie Evans

Katie Evans Library Staff Portrait

Katie is the Research Analytics Librarian at the University of Bath, responsible for supporting the use of research publishing, citation and collaboration data across the University.  Previously, Katie worked on open access at the University of Bath.


Alicia Gomez-Sanchez

[Profile to follow]

Stephen Grace

StephenGraceSteve is Scholarly Communications and Repository Manager at London South Bank University. He oversees the university’s approach to open access and to research data management, and provides bibliometric support for measuring and evaluating research performance.

Sam Gray

Sam_GraySam is the Impact and Engagement Manager at Manchester Metropolitan University.  He has enjoyed a wide variety of external engagement roles over the past twelve years specialising in regional development, two-way community engagement, research administration and knowledge exchange. From 2008 – 2012 he was project manager on the Manchester Beacon initiative leading a successful change agenda around the recognition, reward and support for public engagement across the university. More recently he has been responsible for the University’s successful REF submission; particularly offering guidance, support and advice around the impact agenda.

He was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts in 2011 and acts as a reviewer for various engagement grants for the Royal Academy of Engineering and Science Foundation Ireland. Sam has presented sessions on public engagement and its contribution to research impact at various conferences and events and has written an online course on impact for OUP.

Ruth Harrison

Ruth HRuth is the Head of Scholarly Communications Management at Imperial College London, responsible for the strategic management of the Library Services’s education and research support programmes across the College campuses. She leads service delivery for open access publishing, research data management, copyright guidance, and information literacy, and is now also turning her attention to the provision of bibliometric services to the College’s communities.

Dr Ray Kent

Ray is the Director of Research Administration at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London. His main interests are:-

  • the development of researchers and research managers,
  • UK science and research policy, and
  • the role of universities in supporting innovation and economic growth.

Over the past decade, he has led 2 university research offices and overseen the implementation of electronic research management systems in 3 institutions. Additionally he has supported institutional submissions to RAE 2001, RAE 2008 and REF 2014.

Ray also has an extensive network of contacts in funding bodies, universities and professional associations that support research and enterprise. He was an expert evaluator for the European Commission (2002-12) and a peer reviewer for the Natural Environment Research Council (2009-12). Over that same period, Ray was a Director of ARMA UK (2004-11) and served on Vitae’s Researcher Development Advisory Group (2012-15). Since 2014, he has been one of two ARMA representatives on the Oversight Group for JISC’s ‘Research at Risk’ programme, which covers topics such as open access publishing and research data management.

Between 2013 and 2016, Ray helped to found 4 university spin-out companies. In 2014 he set up the Crucible graduate entrepreneurship programme at De Montfort University, which has created 15 graduate start-ups and been praised in the pages of ‘The Economist’. Since moving to The Royal Veterinary College in June 2016, he has sought to grow the College’s capability and capacity to work strategically with business. In January 2017, Ray led a bid to BEIS for a Science and Innovation Audit on behalf of the Knowledge Quarter London.

Prior to working in research support, Ray was a rock star (researcher and lecturer in Earth Sciences). Details of some of his 35 academic publications can be found in his ORCID profile (

Abigail McBirnie

Abigail is the Bibliometrics Advisor at University of Surrey.  Using bibliometric and altmetric methods to study research outputs, a key aspect of her role is to provide research intelligence and analysis for strategic decision making across the University.  She also has responsibilities for raising awareness of responsible metrics and promoting understanding of the growing use and potential of metrics in today’s HE and research environments.

Madeleine Pearson

Madeleine PearsonMadeleine is the Bibliometrics Support Assistant at The University of Manchester, responsible for compiling and creating reports and developing a programme of teaching and training in bibliometrics and citation services for academic and administrative staff across the university. Previously Madeleine worked at Jisc, The Open University library, and as a production assistant at a trade publisher.

Ian Rowlands

Ian RowlandsIan is the Research Information & Intelligence Specialist at King’s College London.  After teaching information science at City University London and UCL for twenty years, he turned gamekeeper five years’ ago and moved into professional services to practice the dark arts, initially at the University of Leicester.  The main thrust of the role at King’s is helping to raise the ‘metrics literacy’ bar and to offer practical guidance on correct interpretation of bibliometric and other research indicators.

Karen Rowlett

Rowlett_smallSince completing her PhD many years ago, Karen has worked in the scholarly publishing world as a copy-editor, news writer and managing editor with  subscription and open access publishers. Sh is now the Research Publications Adviser at University of Reading working with researchers on bibliometrics, open access and supporting them in those tricky decisions of where to publish their research outputs.