Overview of Development and Recent Trends in Bibliometrics and Research Evaluation
Received 2021-06-20
Published 2021-07-10
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This paper is an overview of bibliometrics, a subfield of library and information science. It briefly explains what bibliometrics is and why it is important in research evaluation and impact analysis. It summarizes the latest development and trends over the past decade. Three major trends are identified and discussed. They are alternative metrics, responsible use of bibliometrics and responsible research evaluation movement, and application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in bibliometrics practice.



Selected Publications

Rousseau, Sandra; Rousseau, Ronald (2017). “Being metric-wise: Heterogeneity in bibliometric knowledge”. El profesional de la información, v. 26, n. 3, pp. 480-487. https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2017.may.14

Ingrid Bauer, David Bohmert, Alexandra Czernecka, Thomas Eichenberger, Juan Garbajosa, Horia Iovu, … Kurt De Wit. (2020, June 10). “Next Generation Metrics.” Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3874801

Caroline S. Wagner, Loet Leydesdorff (2012). “An Integrated Impact Indicator: A new definition of ‘Impact’ with policy relevance”. Research Evaluation, v. 21, n. 3, pp. 183–188. https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvs012

Parks, Sarah, Daniela Rodriguez-Rincon, Sarah Parkinson, and Catriona Manville (2019). “The changing research landscape and reflections on national research assessment in the future.” Research England. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR3200.html

Wilsdon, J., et al. (2015). The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.4929.1363

Wang, M., Wang, Z. & Chen, G. (2019). “Which can better predict the future success of articles? Bibliometric indices or alternative metrics.” Scientometrics, v.119, n.3, pp.1575–1595. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-019-03052-9

Major Journals That Publish Either Exclusively or Heavily on Bibliometrics


Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology

DESIDOC Journal of Library Information Studies

Library Philosophy & Practice

Major Conferences

LIS Bibliometrics Annual Event. https://thebibliomagician.wordpress.com/conferences-and-events/

International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics. https://www.issi-society.org/conferences/

Altmetrics Conference (AM). https://www.altmetricsconference.com/

STI Indicators Conference Series. https://enid-europe.eu/index.php?id=confSeries

Major Organizations and Associations

LIS-Bibliometrics Community. Blog: https://thebibliomagician.wordpress.com/

Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). https://www.cwts.nl/

International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI). https://www.issi-society.org/

European Network of Indicator Designers (ENID). https://enid-europe.eu/

International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS). https://inorms.net/

Global Research Council (GRC). https://www.globalresearchcouncil.org/

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