Becoming Metric-Wise

Becoming Metric-Wise

A Bibliometric Guide for Researchers

1st Edition - January 2, 2018

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  • Authors: Ronald Rousseau, Leo Egghe, Raf Guns
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081024751
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081024744

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Becoming Metric-Wise: A Bibliometric Guide for Researchers aims to inform researchers about metrics so that they become aware of the evaluative techniques being applied to their scientific output. Understanding these concepts will help them during their funding initiatives, and in hiring and tenure. The book not only describes what indicators do (or are designed to do, which is not always the same thing), but also gives precise mathematical formulae so that indicators can be properly understood and evaluated. Metrics have become a critical issue in science, with widespread international discussion taking place on the subject across scientific journals and organizations. As researchers should know the publication-citation context, the mathematical formulae of indicators being used by evaluating committees and their consequences, and how such indicators might be misused, this book provides an ideal tome on the topic.

Key Features

  • Provides researchers with a detailed understanding of bibliometric indicators and their applications
  • Empowers researchers looking to understand the indicators relevant to their work and careers
  • Presents an informed and rounded picture of bibliometrics, including the strengths and shortcomings of particular indicators
  • Supplies the mathematics behind bibliometric indicators so they can be properly understood
  • Written by authors with longstanding expertise who are considered global leaders in the field of bibliometrics


Scientists, particularly early-career researchers interested in metric indicators; researchers and graduate students in scientometrics, informetrics, library science, and aligned fields; information professionals and academic librarians

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Scientific research and communication
    3. Publishing
    4. Statistics
    5. Publication and citation analysis
    6. Journal citation analysis
    7. Indicators
    8. Research evaluation
    9. The informetric laws
    10. Networks
    11. Timeline of Informetrics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 402
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2018
  • Published: January 2, 2018
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081024751
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081024744

About the Authors

Ronald Rousseau

Dr Ronald Rousseau is Researcher at The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium in the Department of Industrial Sciences and Technology. Rousseau; with Leo Egghe, received the Derek de Solla Price award on scientometrics (2001). He is the former president of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, and co-author of Introduction to Informetrics, also published by Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher at KU Leuven and at the University of Antwerp

Leo Egghe

Leo Egghe is the founding Editor in Chief of the Elsevier Journal, Journal of Informetrics. Along with Ronald Rousseau, he received the Derek de Solla Price award on scientometrics (2001) and was in 2014 among highly cited scientists according to Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Hasselt, Belgium

Raf Guns

Raf Guns is a researcher at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He received the 2013 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for his doctoral dissertation: ‘Missing links: Predicting interactions based on a multi-relational network structure with applications in informetrics’.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Antwerp, Belgium

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