Information and advice on bibliometrics

If you as a researcher at the university have questions about bibliometric indicators or analyses and want help in understanding what they mean, you can get support from the library. The library can, for example, hold presentations on bibliometrics or bibliometric models / indicators. It is also possible for a single researcher book a meeting with the library to discuss bibliometric indicators or similar.

Performing bibliometric analysis

The library can assist research groups, departments or faculties in carrying out certain bibliometric analyses. The work is carried out jointly by the research group and librarians from the library. Initially, a meeting is held where the librarians have a review of what bibliometrics is, then the needs and wishes of the research group are raised and discussed.

  • Contact Katharina Nordling for an introductory meeting to discuss the possibilities of bibliometric analysis for your research area.

What is bibliometrics?

Bibliometrics is the use of statistical methods to analyse books, articles, and other publications. Examples of areas that can be studied using bibliometrics are:

  • Subject structure and collaboration patterns
  • Scientific impact
  • Scientific production and productivity

Bibliometric methods can be very helpful during the course of the research work, or when it is time for publication of the research results. Here are some examples of areas that can be studied with the help of bibliometrics:

  • Get support when choosing a magazine for publishing a manuscript on topic X.
  • Find out which journals/researchers are most productive in topic Y.
  • Describe how substance Z is structured, and what other subject areas it borders on.
  • Describe how researchers collaborate within and across subject boundaries.
  • Locate a subject area's most cited journals/authors/publications.

When interpreting the results obtained in a bibliometric analysis it is important that this is done in collaboration with people who are familiar with the subject area studied.