Bibliometrics talk ustlg 2010


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Bibliometrics talk ustlg 2010

  1. 1. Citations count! Reflections on providing bibliometrics training for researchers at Cardiff University<br />Kate Bradbury<br />Research Support, Library<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br /><ul><li>Why introduce these sessions?
  3. 3. What is covered?
  4. 4. What is the format?
  5. 5. Who has requested sessions?
  6. 6. Lessons learnt
  7. 7. Questions and comments from researchers
  8. 8. What next?</li></li></ul><li>Why introduce these sessions?<br /><ul><li>Original driver was the Research Excellence Framework
  9. 9. Early proposal was to judge research quality mainly using metric indicators, including bibliometrics
  10. 10. After results of pilot exercises, modified to peer review plus bibliometrics
  11. 11. Modified further with reduced role for bibliometrics</li></ul>BUT<br /><ul><li>led to more interest from academic schools in understanding and using bibliometric data
  12. 12. plus other reasons such as funders’ requirements</li></li></ul><li>What is covered?<br /><ul><li>Why should researchers be interested in bibliometric data?
  13. 13. REF
  14. 14. demonstrating academic impact
  15. 15. selecting journals for publications
  16. 16. research funders’ requirements
  17. 17. publicity
  18. 18. finding collaborative partners
  19. 19. Sources of bibliometric data
  20. 20. Web of Science; Scopus; Google Scholar; other databases
  21. 21. Journal Citation Reports; other journal impact measures
  22. 22. Increasing citations
  23. 23. merits and methods of Open Access publishing
  24. 24. institutional repository</li></li></ul><li>What is the format?<br /><ul><li>Full workshop – talk lasting c.30 mins plus workbook - 1 hour allocated
  25. 25. Tailored sessions consisting of a talk and questions range from 20-60 mins
  26. 26. Workbook covers:
  27. 27. finding journal bibliometrics and citations in Web of Science, Scopus and other databases
  28. 28. setting up citation alerts
  29. 29. Researcher ID
  30. 30. open access resources</li></li></ul><li>Who has requested sessions?<br /><ul><li>Subject librarians–three 1.5 hr workshops
  31. 31. Staff Development Programme –1.5 hr workshops
  32. 32. University groups –REF & Research Administrators– 20 min summary
  33. 33. Schools:
  34. 34. eg Psychology; Business - 1.5 hr workshop
  35. 35. eg Architecture; Healthcare Studies – 1 hr talk, part of lunchtime seminar programme
  36. 36. eg Engineering – 20 min talk to Research Committee
  37. 37. eg Computer Science – 30 min talk at school awayday</li></li></ul><li>Lessons learnt<br /><ul><li>Reduce – difficult to avoid too much detail given the subject, but have to try!
  38. 38. Stay up to date – REF; journal articles; features in Scopus/Google Scholar/Web of Science
  39. 39. Emphasise benefits for the researcher, such as increased visibility of publications/profile
  40. 40. Expect it to take time for schools to take up the offer
  41. 41. Target -best attendance with sessions tailored for schools/departments
  42. 42. Be flexible and adapt - length/audience/content
  43. 43. Be prepared for discussions about the value of using bibliometric data</li></li></ul><li>Typical questions asked/points raised<br />I only want the official publisher’s version to be available online, not an earlier version too.<br />Doesn’t the H index just reflect how long you’ve been publishing for?<br />What if all the citations are self-citations? Are these going to be excluded from the REF?<br />Where do I find the money to pay for Open Access?<br />The journals in my specialist area aren’t covered by Scopus and ISI so I can’t find citations.<br />The study on citations reported in the BMJ said that although there was an increase in readership of OA articles, there was no observable citation advantage.<br />
  44. 44. Typical questions asked/points raised cont.<br />What is a good H Index to have?<br />We mostly publish in books, so citations to journal articles are irrelevant to us.<br />I put my papers into Arxiv/PubMed/onto my website – why should I bother with the institutional repository?<br />Isn’t this an encouragement to publish controversial opinions for the sake of it?<br />How can I import articles not on Web of Science into ResearcherID?<br />Where is the best place to put an Open Access copy of my work?<br />
  45. 45. What next?<br /><ul><li>Continue to offer sessions and encourage take-up by schools
  46. 46. Encourage and support subject librarians in offering sessions on bibliometrics
  47. 47. Introduce Bristol Online Survey to collect feedback in a systematic way
  48. 48. Respond individually to increased interest in finding bibliometric data
  49. 49. Interest from schools in a separate presentation on Open Access publishing</li>