What are Bibliometrics and Citation Technologies?


Coined in 1969 by Alan Pritchard, bibliometrics is the set of mathematical and statistical methods to quantitatively analyze citations and content of academic literature. The technology has advanced rapidly in the age of computers as new algorithms are being developed to better gauge an author or journal’s impact in the field, and help researchers efficiently filter through research databases or select the most appropriate journal for publication. Bibliometrics encompasses citation count, journal impact factor (JIF), and h-index, among other metrics that can be used to support grant applications, attainment of new and tenured positions, and requests for raises or promotions. The demand for citation technologies has given rise to a crop of sophisticated filtering tools that are replacing old metrics with methods based on measurements of semantic publishing. These metrics take into account sharing and annotations via the web and exchanges of data to evaluate the impact of a scholarly work. Advances in bibliometrics are helping academic and research libraries maintain a competitive edge by maximizing the influence of their scientific outputs, and thus reinforcing their effort to gain funding.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • This technology would be very relevant to the K-12 sector if it were used to determine a Web site author's impact in the field of study. I know students can already see who links to a site, but an algorithm that took that and many other factors into consideration could help students determine authority and reliability of Web information with little or no human "judgement". - kathyschrock kathyschrock Apr 8, 2016
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • This technology can help support the critical evaluation of information by students if they could consider the JIF and other indices when evaluating the authority of the author. - kathyschrock kathyschrock Apr 8, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • I believe students would have a great way to validate online information and determine its reliability before using it to create a project or write a paper. - kathyschrock kathyschrock Apr 8, 2016
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Oldie but explains Webometricshttp://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.87.2552&rep=rep1&type=pdf Book:
    Introduction to Webometrics: Quantitative Web Research for the Social Sciences by Martin Thelwall, Morgan and Claypool Publishers, 2009.

    - kathyschrock kathyschrock Apr 8, 2016
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