Bibliometrics is a tool that can be used to understand elements of research productivity and impact.

Bibliometric measures typically include the number of academic publications, citations of a single researcher, a group of researchers or an institution. Bibliometrics should be considered with other tools and processes for a complete picture of research output and productivity.

Key University stakeholders including the Library, Office of Research, Institutional Analysis and Planning (IAP), interested researchers and Faculty representatives participate in a Bibliometrics Working Group (BWG), initiated in 2012 by the Provost.

IAP facilitates and participates in discussions across campus to promote a better institutional understanding of the use and best practices for bibliometrics, as well as other measures of research.

Advisory Group Members:

  • Associate Provost, Institutional Data, Analysis and Planning: Allan Starr
  • University Librarian: Beth Namachchivaya
  • Vice President, Research and International: Charmaine Dean

Working Group Members:

  • Chair: Bruce Muirhead
  • Office of Research: John Thompson, Swati Bodalia
  • Institutional Analysis & Planning: Daniela Seskar-Hencic, Jana Carson, Kerry Tolson
  • Library: Alison Hitchens, Laura Bredhal, Wendy de Gomez
  • AHS: Peter Hall
  • Arts: Angela Roorda, Ana Ferrer
  • Science: Shirley Tang
  • Math: Anita Layton, Martha Foulds
  • Engineering: David Clausi, Veronica Michael, Jon Walgate
  • Environment: Maren Oelberman, John McLevey, Peter Stirling
  • Research Centres and institutes: Sushanta Mitra, Lisa Pokrajac

The Working Group on Bibliometrics has developed a white paper outlining recommended practices for using bibliometrics to assess research output. The final paper based on campus wide consultations is available here: white paper.

Key Contacts:

Working Group on Bibliometrics: iap-bibl@uwaterloo.ca

Bibliometrics & Research Impact Librarian: laura.bredahl@uwaterloo.ca

Institutional Analysis and Planning: jana.carson@uwaterloo.ca

Office of Research: Diane Johnson: diane.johnson@uwaterloo.ca

Quick Facts

Students

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  • International Mix (2019/20):

    • Graduate: 40%

    • Undergraduate: 22%

  • Degrees Granted (2019): 8,691

Co-operative Education

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Research

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