An Introduction to Bibliometrics: New Development and Trends provides a comprehensible, readable and easy to read introduction to bibliometrics. Importantly, the book surveys the latest developments of bibliometrics (such as altmetrics, etc.) and how the field is likely to change over the next decade. In the literature, bibliometrics is generally discussed from one of two perspectives: (1) Purely mathematical/statistical or (2) Its sociological implications. Both approaches are very far from how most users want to apply bibliometrics. This book fills that need by providing tactics on how bibliometrics can be applied to their sphere of scientific activity.
- Provides readers with an understanding of bibliometric indicators, including their background and significance, classification in quantitative performance, and an evaluation of science and research
- Includes an overview of the most important indicators, their areas of application, and where and when they should and should not be used
- Discusses future trends in the quantitative performance evaluation of scientific research
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2. Introduction and History
3. Bibliometric Methods and their Basic Principles
4. Bibliometrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Special Forms and Methods
5. Bibliometric Indicators
6. The Data Basis
7. Summary and Outlook
Rafael Ball has been Director of ETH-Library Zuerich , Switzerland, since March 2015. He holds doctorates in biology and science history and studied biology, Slavonic studies and philosophy at the Universities of Mainz, Warsaw and Moscow. He completed a two-year postgraduate qualification as a scientific librarian in 1996 and was head of Central Library in the Research Center Juelich, Germany from 1996 to 2008. Ball was Director of the University Library of Regensburg from 2008 to 2015. He has written and edited numerous publications, and is a dedicated speaker and a lecturer at various universities. His main work and research interests are the library of the future, science communication and scientometrics and the role of the printed book in the digital age