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Bibliometrics: Background information

Using bibliometrics responsibly

A number of organisations have produced principles around responsible bibliometrics.

The Leiden Manifesto

In 2015, experts from Georgia Institute of Technology and Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University developed 10 principles for the responsible measurement of research performance

SF DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment)

This declaration was developed in 2012 and is a worldwide initiative inviting individuals and organisations to sign up to its principles for responsible research assessments. The declaration aims to include all key stakeholders including funders, publishers, professional societies, institutions, and researchers.

DMU's University Statement on its approach to Responsible Bibliometrics is based on both the Leiden Manifesto and SFDORA.

The video below explains the principles of the Leiden Manifesto

Useful links

The Bibliometrician

The Bibliometrician is a blog run by members of the Lis-Bibliometrics Committee, set up in 2010 to support LIS (Library and Information Science) professionals with bibliometric queries. Since then, the membership has grown to over 1,000 representing many different practitioner groups, researchers, data and metrics suppliers, from all over the world.

Hong Kong principles for assessing researchers

Developed by staff working in HE and research agencies, the Hong Kong principles present five principles for driving research improvement by ensuring researchers are explicitly recognised and rewarded for behaviours that strengthen research integrity.  

Metric Tide

The Metric Tide is an independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management, published in 2015. In 2022, the recommendations were revisited in the Harnessing the Metric Tide Report.

Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit provides information on specific research impact metrics and what they measure

Snowball metrics

Snowball metrics has been created by global research-intensive universities to provide methodologies that can be used as standardised research metrics that are not tied to any particular provider of data or tools.

SFDORA Case Studies

Case studies of universities and national consortia highlighting key elements of institutional change to improve academic career assessment.

SFDORA Resources

A collection of materials to facilitate the development of responsible research and researcher assessment policies and practices.