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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