Opportunities and Limitations of Bibliometrics in Research Evaluation: Planning Reports and Showing Results

   June 7, 2016 Tuesday

Alicia F. GOMEZ
Fundacion CNIC, Madrid, Spain
Opportunities and Limitations of Bibliometrics in Research Evaluation: Planning Reports and Showing Results.
Type of course & facilities
Seminar. Computer and Internet.
Length of course
2-3 hours.
Targeted audience and level
Medium or advanced medical librarians or information specialists.
A seminar room with project facilities. It would be recommended to have laptops with internet connection, and hopefully with access to the Web of Science. If not, the course should be adapted with pre-searched examples.
Summary of course
Librarians and information specialists in universities and biomedical libraries are increasingly asked to help users and managers prepare bibliometric reports for the monitoring and the evaluation of institutional and research-staff scientific output.

Most of us in the profession are familiar with the basic informetric tools, but this discipline has evolved rapidly over the past decade. New ways of working with indicators are being developed in order to improve the possibilities of bibliometrics and their application in different contexts.

This course aims to enhance competences and skills on bibliometrics and to help biomedical librarians keep up-to-date with new trends and resources.

The aim and scope
The course will present several ways to apply bibliometrics to support researchers and institution managers. These new approaches go beyond the production of researcher and institutional reports, and exploit the full range of indicators, including impact factor, deciles and quartiles, citation counts, and researcher h-index, etc. In addition, we will go over the potential limitations and adverse effects of bibliometric reports.

The key learning goals are as follows:

  1. Review of bibliometric indicators and sources.
  2. Examples of bibliometric studies:
    1. Interdisciplinarity studies and collaboration analysis.
    2. Evaluations of citation patterns.
    3. Evaluation of the technological impact of research.
    4. Benchmarking to compare research groups or institutions.
  3. We already have the data… how do we present the results? The importance of data visualization.
    1. Hands-on experience with visualization tools.

 Course leader
Alicia F. Gomez graduated in Translation and Interpreting (German, English) at the University of Granada, Spain. She took her post-graduation in Digital Libraries and Information Systems from the University of Carlos III, Madrid, Spain and holds a doctorate in Linguistics from University of the Basque Country, Spain for research on Medical LSP and Terminology.

She’s the Head of the Library and Information Service at the Fundación CNIC, the Spanish National Cardiovascular Research Centre, in Madrid, where she has been working for more than 10 years. Since September 2015, she’s part-time Associate Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Prior to this, she worked for 7 years as Associate Professor at the University Alfonso X el Sabio in Madrid, and earlier worked at ABBOTT Diagnostika, Frankfurt, Germany for almost 2 years.

She’s active in many professional associations and networks in the field of Information Science and Terminology.

Her current research interests include bibliometric studies, biomedical information, digital libraries and OA.

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