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Knowing one’s own visibility

University library supports researchers with bibliometric analysis of their own publications – survey on the usage of citation databases

Which scientist publicizes with who? Where and how often is this publication cited? The university library (UL) of Chemnitz University of Technology not only supplies students and employees with specialized literature and classic offers but also with analysis of their own visibility and publication output. The so-called “bibliometrics” comprises of an ongoing observation of research performances or the publication of research performances vis-à-vis suppliers of third-party funds and the wide public.

The bibliometrics team of the UL support research and science management by methodically gathering, evaluating, and displaying bibliometric data to the public. Limitations and risks are never disregarded.

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On behalf of university members or within the framework of their own projects, the UL carries out different analyses. This includes the gathering and evaluation of bibliometric indicators as well as network analysis (cooperation and citation networks), for example based on the university bibliography and the statistics on university bibliography.

Comprehensive information on helpful applications and tools for the data preparation, analysis, and visualization as well as on bibliometric data sources can be found on the UL website. Furthermore, e-tutorials and presentations on bibliometric aids and indicators are provided to support the work with citation data.

Individual counselling as well as training and workshops can be arranged. Work in the field of “bibliometrics” is, as mentioned above, primarily based on two big data sources – the citation data bases “Scopus” and “Web of Science”. Both data bases are licensed by the university library at the moment. However, free citation sources such as Google Scholar, CiteSeerX, or OpenCitations have also been developing into to adequate bases for bibliometric analysis.

Contact: All questions regarding the topic “bibliometrics” will be answered by the UL team via email:

Matthias Fejes

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