Bibliometric and research impact services


Bibliometric measures are one tool among many used to capture elements of research productivity and research impact. Examples of bibliometric measures include the total number of publications, and the total number of citations of a single researcher, a group of researchers or an institution. At the University of Waterloo, assessment activities commonly incorporating bibliometric measures include annual reporting, university rankings, institutional funding, granting of awards, and more.


The Library offers various bibliometric and research impact (BRI) services and resources to support understanding and using bibliometric data, such as:

  • Offering strategic insight into understanding, selecting and using the bibliometric measure(s) and analysis tool(s) to answer the question(s) you have
  • Recommending best practices for using bibliometric data to assess research output and productivity
  • Gathering and interpreting data to support the Transformational Research Theme of the University’s Strategic Plan
  • Identifying trends within university rankings data
  • Insight into capturing bibliometric data at the discipline or institutional levels
  • Instructional support for calculating an academic footprint at an individual, author-level
  • Providing customized training and/or workshops on capturing bibliometric data via InCites, Web of Science, SciVal, and Scopus



Bibliometric and research impact services at the University of Waterloo are collaboratively supported by the Library, Institutional Analysis and Planning, and the Office of Research.

Learn more about this unique partnership at the University of Waterloo.

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