May 28, 2022

New White Paper: “Measuring Research Outputs Through Bibliometrics”

The following white paper was published earlier this month.


Measuring Research Outputs Through Bibliometrics


University of Waterloo (Canada) Working Group on Bibliometrics
March 2016


This White Paper provides a high-level review of issues relevant to understanding bibliometrics, and practical recommendations for how to appropriately use these measures. This is not a policy paper; instead, it defines and summarizes evidence that addresses appropriate use of bibliometric analysis at the University of Waterloo. Issues identified and recommendations will generally apply to other academic institutions. Understanding the types of bibliometric measures and their limitations makes it possible to identify both appropriate uses and crucial limitations of bibliometric analysis. Recommendations offered at the end of this paper provide a range of opportunities for how researchers and administrators at Waterloo and beyond can integrate bibliometric analysis into their practice.

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See Also: Learn More About the University of Waterloo (Canada) Working Group on Bibliometrics

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