Course Archives Documentation Research and Training Centre Unit
Course: Scientometrics and Informetrics
Level: Postgraduate
Time: Currently not offered
Past Exams

Module 1: Introduction and Evolution
Unit 01: Introduction and need of metric studies in scholarly communication
Unit 02-03: Evolution of metric studies (From Librametrics to Altmetrics)
Unit 04: Open Content Metrics
Module 2: Scientific Collaboration
Unit 05: Concept, need and types of scientific collaboration
Unit 06: Measurement of scientific collaboration
Module 3: Bibliometric Laws
Unit 07: Law of scattering (Bradford’s law)
Unit 08: Zipf’s law, Lotka’s law
Unit 09: Generalised bibliometrics distributions and Fitting of Informetrics models: Bradford’s curve, Leimkuhler’s distribution,
Unit 10: 80-20 rules, Price’s law relating to scientific productivity
Unit 11: Aspects of concentration measures; Circulation Statistics
Module 4: Citation Analysis
Unit 12: Data Citation
Unit 13: Citation indexing, Impact Factor, H and G Indexes
Unit 14: Standard Citation Indicators(MOCR, FECR and MECR)
Unit 15: Relative citation Indicators(NMCR and RCR); bibliographic coupling and co-citation analysis
Module 5: Growth and obsolescence of literature
Unit 16: Various growth models; the half-life analogy
Unit 17: Determinations of aging factor and half-life: real vs apparent; synchronous vs diachronous
Unit 18-19: Measurement of growth and obsolescence (Practice)
Module 6: Mapping and Science Indicators
Unit 20: Mapping of science
Unit 21: Science indicators
Unit 22: Measurements of science indicator, mapping and visualization (Practice)
Unit 23: Metric Based Evaluations
Module 7: Altmetric studies
Unit 24: Introduction need and real world scenario
Unit 25: Altmetrics tools and indicators
Unit 26: Altmetrics (Practice)
Module 8: Ranking
Unit 27: Need, Objective and frameworks e.g., NIRF
Module 9: Citation Databases and Infographics
Unit 28-29: Scopus, Web of Knowledge, PubMed, Medline, Google Scholar
Unit 30: Infographicsv
Module 10: Tools for metric studies
Unit 31-33: Tools for bibliometric and scientometric studies (e.g. R)

Reference Texts:
1. Almind, T C & Ingwersen, P. (1997) Informetric analysis of World Wide Web: Methodological approaches to webometrics. Journal of Documentation, 53(4).412-420.
2. Andres, Ana. (2009). Measuring academic research: How to undertake Bibliometric Study. Oxford.
3. De Bellis, N. (2009). Bibliometrics and citation analysis: From the Science Citation Index to Cybermetrics. Scarecrow press.
4. Egghe, L & Rousseau, R.. (1990). Introduction to Informetrics: Quantitative meth ods in library, documentation and information science. Elsevier Science.
5. Egghe, L. (2006). Theory and practice of the g-index. Scientometrics . 69(1): 131- 152
6. Egghe, L. (2010). The Hirch Index and related impact measures. ARIST, Vol.44, 65-114.
7. Hertzel, Dorothy H. (2003). Bibliometric history. In Encyclopeadia of Library & Information science. Ed.2. Vol. 1. Miriam A. Drake. Ed. New York: Marcel Dekker Inc.
8. Lancaster, F W. (1991). Biblometric methods in assessing productivity and impact of research. SRELS
9. Moed, H F. (2000). Citation Analysis in research evaluation. Springer.
10. Vinkler, P. (2010). The evaluation of research by scientometric indicators. Oxford: Chandos Publishing.
11. White, Howard D & Mc Cain, Katherine (1989). Bibliometrics. In William, Martha E. Ed. ARIST, Vol. 24. Amsterdam: Elsevier science pub.
12. Wilson, C S. (1999) Informetrics. In Williams, M E. Ed., ARIST, Vol.34. Medford: Information Today.

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