This book describes and evaluates a range of web indicators (altmetrics, webometrics, web metrics) for aspects of societal or scholarly impact. The recent increasing demand for research evaluation within universities and other research organizations has shown that traditional citation-based indicators do not reflect the societal impacts of research and are slow to appear. Michael Thelwall outlines practical strategies for obtaining many web indicators after a discussion of the theory and practices of using and evaluating web indicators for research assessment. In addition to describing traditional scholarly outputs such as journal articles and monographs, it also covers web indicators for videos, datasets, software and other non-standard scholarly outputs.
Written for information science students and practitioners, Web Indicators for Research Evaluation
describes strategies to analyze web indicators for individual publications as well as to compare the impacts of groups of publications. The practical section includes descriptions of how to use the free software Webometric Analyst to gather and analyze web data.
Table of Contents
Usage, Popularity and Attention Indicators
Academic, Commercial and Organizational Web Indicators
Educational Impact Indicators
Medical Impact Indicators
Collecting Data for Sets of Documents
Indicator Formulae and Experimental Considerations
Calculating Indicators with Webometric Analyst
About the Author(s)Michael Thelwall
, University of Wolverhampton
Mike Thelwall is Professor of Information Science and leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton, which he joined in 1989. He is also Docent at the Department of Information Studies at Abo Akademi University, and a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. His Ph.D. was in Pure Mathematics from the University of Lancaster but he is now a social scientist focusing on quantitative methods. Mike has developed a wide range of methods for gathering and analysing web indicator data, most of which are available in the free software Webometric Analyst. His 550 publications include 280 refereed journal articles, 23 book chapters and two books, including Introduction to Webometrics
. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology and sits on three other editorial boards. He led the Wolverhampton contribution to the EU-funded projects Acumen, CyberEmotions RESCAR, CREEN, NetReAct, Rindicate and Wiser, and has been funded for research by JISC and non-profit organisations in the UK and Italy. He has also conducted evaluation contracts for the EC (several times), the UNDP (several times), the UNFAO and a UN university and was a member of the UK's independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment.