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What is it?

Bibliometrics is the quantitative analysis of research literature, based upon citations, and can be used to evaluate the impact on the academic community of a research paper, an individual researcher, a research group or institution, or a journal.


Where does it fit in the Vitae Research Development Framework?

Research Skills (RDF A1).


Why should you do it?

Bibliometrics can be used to identify top performing journals in a subject area, in order to: decide where to publish: learn more about a subject area or identify emerging areas of research. However, bibliometrics and impact factors are not necessarily a measure of quality, nor are they relevant for all subject areas and must be considered carefully and in context.


How do you do it?

At the University of Cumbria, the main citation tool is the Web of Science. Web of Science can provide article level citation data. The Journal Citation Reports (JCR), contained in Web of Science will provide you journal level metrics. Google Scholar also offers some citation searching and journal level metrics.


Who can help?

James Stephens

Library Resources and Research Manager | Library Resources and Skills Team | Information Services

T: 01524 384455. Ext: 4455 | E:


Useful guides and resources:

In this short video, Prof John Walsh from the School of Geological Sciences at University College Dublin discusses some the limitations that they have encountered in using Bibliometrics in their field