Bibliometric indicators as part of the research ecosystem

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Can we see the bibliometric indicators as part of an  ecosystem? I think so…

Let me explain. I’m involved in a project related to bibliometric analytics, seeing the first results, I realise, as I read many and many times, that the bibliometric indicators are a good quantitative indicators to measure the research results, but should not be the only or the main measures to evaluate a researcher.

The bibliometric indicators such as citations counts or downloads, have different biases depending on age, discipline and co-authorship. As it is good explained in this paper.

The number of citations increased with the age (number of years of active researcher) of the individual, so the square root of number of citations divided by the age is almost a constant.

Different disciplines have different citation cultures, so citation counts cannot be directly compared.

Must take the degree of co-authorship into account.

Finally we must take also into account that indicators such as provided by WOS, Scopus and Google Scholar (the most relevant), do not cover all areas of research, being Google Scholar the widest.

We can see the researcher environment as an ecosystem that depends on the researchers personal profile, their collaboration relationships, their research scope, their media activity (measured thru altmetrics), other indicators such eigenfactor among others. Only seeing the researchers as a whole, interacting in an environment, we can evaluate them, and not only thru two or three indicators.

In short, we can show the main bibliometric indicators, as we can see bellow, but it’s not a result or an evaluation as well, it’s only information that we need to analyse in order to evaluate the results.






Bibliometric indicators. Key information for the Researcher #bibliometrics #research #CRIS

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I’ve been involved in a very interesting Project with some of the universities of the SIGMA AIE universities consortium where I work. It’s not new, and maybe it seems that it’s not a big project, but the relevance of the results that it shows, are clear.

It’s about the researchers Bibliometric information. As we know, this is a very important and relevant information for the Researchers and their scientific activity. It’s a key information, for example, to obtain funding and for their accreditation and evaluation as a researcher or scholar.

This information is extracted automatically and stored in the CRIS (Current Research Information System of the institution), so nobody must enter it. This information is sometimes validated by the library staff.



Here are two exemples:

You can access the ‘Scientific Production Portal’ of the Universitat de Vic-Central de Catalunya, UVIC-UCC or the ‘Scientific output’ of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, UPF publically, and select a Researcher of the institution. Here, we can see their main bibliometric indicators such as: Index H of WOS, Scopus and Google scholar and cites of google scholar besides the Researcher photo.


Then, we can enter one of the publications and see the main bibliometric indicators related to the publication such as: cites in Scopus, Wos, Google scholar, Scimago, altmetrics and so on…


Another example, this time from the UPF:



This information, in addition to giving public information about the Researcher, is very valuable information for the institution that can manage information about its positioning and can analyze its scientific production thru these standard indicators. The possibilities are great.

I really enjoyed being in this project, and it’s only the beginning…