Meet the Committee

Meet the members of the LIS-Bibliometrics committee

Dr Elizabeth Gadd (Chair)

Elizabeth GaddElizabeth is the Research Policy Manager (Publications) at Loughborough University. She has a background in Libraries and Scholarly Communication research. She is the chair of the Lis-Bibliometrics Forum and co-Champions the ARMA Research Evaluation Special Interest Group. She also chairs the INORMS International Research Evaluation Working Group.


Sahar Abuelbashar

25208_408946019277_512459277_5365473_3367165_nSahar is the Research Metrics Analyst at the University of Sussex. In her role, she provides high-level expertise on the use of bibliometrics, and other related research performance indicators. She also contributes 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.


Dr Alicia Gomez-Sanchez

Alicia Gomez-SanchezAlicia is the Research & Scholarly Communications Information Manager at the University of Hertfordshire. In her role she provides support and training in research intelligence, research evaluation and metrics. She also gives guidance on publication strategy, open access and research data management. Prior to that she was Head of the Library and Information Service at the Spanish National Cardiovascular Research Centre (Madrid, Spain), and Associate Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).

Stephen Grace

Stephen_GraceSteve is the 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.


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 open innovation and economic growth. Ray was previously a Director of ARMA (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’ initiative on matters relating to open access publishing and research data management. Prior to working in research support, Ray was a rock star (i.e., researcher and lecturer in Earth Sciences, see:

Dr Abigail McBirnie

Abigail is a UK-based information specialist.  As an analyst, she has worked in higher education and research.  A current LIS-Bibliometrics committee member, she is interested in the use of statistics in bibliometrics and the implications of this for responsible metrics.

Robyn Price

rptozRobyn is the Bibliometrics and Indicators Manager at Imperial College London. In this role she is responsible for establishing and running a bibliometrics service for the university with an emphasis on understanding research impact and promoting responsible use of metrics. Robyn’s previous experience is in academic publishing, having worked in the editorial teams of subscription and open access journals.


Dr Nicolas Robinson-Garcia

Dr Nicolas Robinson-GarciaNicolas is a social scientist specialized in bibliometrics and research evaluation. He is currently a Marie Curie fellow at the department of Applied Mathematics (DIAM) at TU Delft under the Leading Fellows programme. He is also member of the Steering Committee of the European Summer School for Scientometrics. He has published over 40 articles and book chapters in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation on topics such as scientific mobility, altmetrics or social sciences and humanities research assessment among others.


Dr 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.

Hardy Schwamm

Hardy SchwammHardy is the Research & Scholarly Communications Manager at Lancaster University. He is responsible for the Library’s approach to Open Access, Research Data Management, Digital Preservation and Citation Analysis. Hardy is also contributing to the Open Research strategy of Lancaster University.


Hannelore Vanhaverbeke

Hannelore VanhaverbekeHannelore is head of the Data Analysis Unit at KU Leuven’s Research Office (Belgium). This unit manages and monitors research related data (publications and citations, PhDs, research expenditures, projects). She is also repository manager and science policy advisor on scholarly communication, focused on impact through dissemination, and research assessment methods. She is co-founder and co-chair of the Flemish Interuniversitary WG on Research Data Management and Open Science, member of the LIBER RDM WG and of LERU’s Information and Open Access Policy Group