Bibliometrics

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:

  • Director, Institutional Analysis & Planning: Allan Starr
  • University Librarian: Vacant
  • Vice President, University Research: George Dixon

Working Group Members:

  • Chair: Tamer Ozsu
  • Office of Research: John Thompson, Brenda MacDonald, Bruce Muirhead
  • Institutional Analysis & Planning: Daniela Seskar-Hencic, Jana Carson, Kerry Tolson
  • Library: Shannon Gordon, Alison Hitchens, MLIS co-op student
  • AHS: Brian Laird
  • Arts: Angela Roorda, Jennifer Simpson, Tim Kenyon
  • Science: Alain Francq, Bernie Duncker, Peter Stirling
  • Math: Tamer Ozsu, Kim Tremblay
  • Engineering: Anwar Hasan, Martha Foulds
  • Environment: Maren Oelberman

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: Shannon.gordon@uwaterloo.ca

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

Office of Research: Brenda MacDonald: Brenda.macdonald@uwaterloo.ca

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