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What are bibliometrics?

Bibliometrics analyse research output quantitatively. They aim to find out the value and impact of particular articles, authors or journals.

Bibliometrics are largely based on counting citations and they equate a higher number of citations with greater value and impact. However, bibliometrics cannot provide a full picture of the value of an article, author or journal alone. It is recommended they are used in conjunction with other means of evaluation.

Using bibliometrics responsibly

Please see Library advice regarding the responsible use of quantitative research indicators (i.e. bibliometrics). This document outlines our approach to bibliometrics, representing current good practice and acting as a guide for future activities. 

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