An Introduction to Bibliometrics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081021507, 9780081021514

An Introduction to Bibliometrics

1st Edition

New Development and Trends

Authors: Rafael Ball
eBook ISBN: 9780081021514
Paperback ISBN: 9780081021507
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 20th September 2017
Page Count: 90
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Description

An Introduction to Bibliometrics: New Development and Trends provides a comprehensible, readable and easy to read introduction to bibliometrics. Importantly, the book surveys the latest developments of bibliometrics (such as altmetrics, etc.) and how the field is likely to change over the next decade. In the literature, bibliometrics is generally discussed from one of two perspectives: (1) Purely mathematical/statistical or (2) Its sociological implications. Both approaches are very far from how most users want to apply bibliometrics. This book fills that need by providing tactics on how bibliometrics can be applied to their sphere of scientific activity.

Key Features

  • Provides readers with an understanding of bibliometric indicators, including their background and significance, classification in quantitative performance, and an evaluation of science and research
  • Includes an overview of the most important indicators, their areas of application, and where and when they should and should not be used
  • Discusses future trends in the quantitative performance evaluation of scientific research

Readership

Academic science managers and policy makers, R&D analysts, science policy-makers, information science students, academic librarians

Table of Contents

1 Preface
2 Introduction and History
3 Bibliometric Methods and their Basic Principles
3.1 The Number of Scientific Publications: Output Analyses
3.2 Measuring Perception: Resonance Analyses
3.3 The Leader Boards: Rankings and Benchmarking Based on Bibliometrics
3.4 Bibliometrics as a Trend Scout: Forecasts and Trend Analyses
3.5 New and Alternative Bibliometric Methods: Altmetrics
3.6 From Causality to Correlation: Big Data in Bibliometrics
4 Bibliometrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Special Forms and Methods
4. 1 Introduction
4.2 Publication and Citation Cultures in the Humanities and Social Sciences
4.3 Forms of the Scientific Output from Selected Disciplines
5 Bibliometric Indicators
5.1 The Number of Scientific Publications
5.2 Citability and Citation Rate
5.3 The Hirsch Index
5.4 The Impact Factor
5.5 Alternative Metrics
6 The Data Basis
6.1 Web of Science and Science Citation Index (Thomson Reuters)
6.2 SCOPUS (Elsevier)
6.3 Google Scholar
7 Summary and Outlook

Details

No. of pages:
90
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Chandos Publishing 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780081021514
Paperback ISBN:
9780081021507

About the Author

Rafael Ball

Rafael Ball has been Director of ETH-Library Zuerich , Switzerland, since March 2015. He holds doctorates in biology and science history and studied biology, Slavonic studies and philosophy at the Universities of Mainz, Warsaw and Moscow. He completed a two-year postgraduate qualification as a scientific librarian in 1996 and was head of Central Library in the Research Center Juelich, Germany from 1996 to 2008. Ball was Director of the University Library of Regensburg from 2008 to 2015. He has written and edited numerous publications, and is a dedicated speaker and a lecturer at various universities. His main work and research interests are the library of the future, science communication and scientometrics and the role of the printed book in the digital age

Affiliations and Expertise

ETH-Library Zuerich , Switzerland

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