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Counting citations and why citations count

14 December 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

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Training room, UCL Eastman Dental Library, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, 256 Gray's Inn Road, King's Cross, London, WC1X 8LD

To book a place please email library.skills@ucl.ac.uk. This session is also part of the Doctoral School Skills Development programme. Postgraduate research students at UCL should book a place by logging in via the programme website.

The quantitative evaluation of publication and citation data (known as bibliometrics) is based on counts of papers and / or citations and can be used to measure the impact of individual articles, groups of articles (eg. the work of a particular author or institution) or particular publications (eg. journals). Such measures include journal impact factors, average times cited and h-index.

This session explores tools available to identify bibliometric data and measures, including Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, Scopus and Google Scholar Metrics. We also look at author unique identifiers and websites which enable you to set up an online list of your publications.

This session is designed for anyone involved in research or interested in research outputs.

By the end of the session attendees will:

  • Understand what bibliometrics are and the different measures that are used in bibliometrics
  • Understand the importance and relevance of bibliometric data in research
  • Be able to use Web of Science and other tools to carry out cited reference searching and to discover bibliometric data for individual papers and authors, including number of times cited and h-index
  • Understand some of the problems associated with the use of bibliometric data
  • Gain an understanding of public researcher profiles and their use to showcase research