This is a practical guide to help you find and interpret bibliometric data for research publications, using free-to-access and paid-for information sources.
See also the University of York Library 'Information for Researchers' about Citation analysis and bibliometrics, for an overview of terminology, principles and applications in the UK scholarly environment.
The University of York Policy for Research Evaluation Using Quantitative Data outlines nine "principles by which research evaluation and assessment should be conducted, ...to enable good practice and provide clarity for staff".
The University takes the position that "there are very few true ‘metrics’ of research performance - they are more accurately ‘indicators’ e.g. citations are an indicator not a measure of research esteem". This guide uses the term 'indicator' throughout.
Research Councils UK has published a statement on the responsible use of metrics and has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). As of May 2018, the University is a signatory of DORA.
The Metrics Toolkit (2018) has been developed by an international consortium of librarians and academics, to guide researchers and administrators "demonstrating and evaluating claims of research impact", by explaining "what a metric means, how it's calculated, and if it's a good match for your impact question".
Contact the Library’s Research Support Team (pictured) for help with accessing and analysing bibliometric data about publications and authors.
The Library's Research Support Team offer training to staff and postgraduate research students through the Research Excellence Training programme.
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