May 21, 2022

New Journal Article: “An Examination of Bibliometrics in Calls for Major Canadian Research Awards”

The following peer-reviewed article was published online earlier today.



Krista Louise Alexander

Sean McLaughlin


Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research
Vol 13 No 2 (2018)
DOI: 10.21083/partnership.v13i2.4066


This study aimed to determine if bibliometrics are being sought as part of research award competitions, through an examination of calls for fifteen major Canadian research awards.
This study further aimed to determine if there were indications that including bibliometrics in the award application process could be helpful towards a nominee’s
success. In so doing, this paper contributes a Canadian perspective to a growing body of related research which has sought to address the lack of clarity in funding application
assessment criteria and the role bibliometrics can play in addressing this issue. The study revealed no explicit requests for bibliometric indicators in the calls for nominations for the major research awards examined. Nevertheless, requests for
nominees’ CVs and/or publication histories, which can serve as one basis for the bibliometric evaluation of performance, were regularly observed, as were mentions of interest in internationality, which can in turn be illustrated with the use of bibliometrics.
Additionally, a prevalence of multidisciplinary review panels waso bserved,  to potential utility of normalized bibliometric indicators in the award nomination process. These findings suggest that there are aspects of award calls that correspond to existing bibliometric indicators, and so their use may be warranted even though, so far, they have not been asked for by name.

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