The University of Surrey is interested in increasing its world impact, and is interested in gaining an understanding of how bibliometrics can help improve that impact. In this blog I want to introduce and explain, and over a series of future postings, what bibliometrics are and how staff can help improve their own impact and that of the university.
So first of all here is an outline of what I want to cover:
What are bibliometrics?
The University of Surrey’s strategic view
Why does citation impact matter to individuals and the university?
University league tables
The Research Excellence Framework
2. What is citation impact and how do we measure it?
What is citation impact?
How do you measure citation impact?
Those widely used measures of impact like the h-index
Alt metrics – emerging measures from social media
3. A look at the tools and how to use them
What are citation databases?
A look at Scopus the Web of Science and Google Scholar
How do I use them?
To count my citations
To measure my impact
Using them wisely – disciplinary differences and pitfalls
4. Strategies to help get good citation impact
The obvious strategies
The Mathew Effect
Collaborate or not to collaborate
Domestic or international collaboration
OA and publicising your work, networking and conferences
5. Assessing where you should publish to help your impact
Measures of impact
Journal impact and citations
Journal Impact Factor (JIF) – Web of Knowledge
Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) – Scopus
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) – Scopus
6. Good academic practices and strategies which can help improve impact
What do I need to do to help ensure I don’t miss out on any citations?
Names and addresses
Guides to academic writing