CFP: Workshop on Bibliometrics Education at ISSI2015

Dangzhi Zhao dzhao at UALBERTA.CA
Fri Apr 10 16:01:36 EDT 2015

*Istanbul, Turkey, June 29 – July 03, 2015*

*Call for Papers: Workshop on Bibliometrics Education *

You are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Bibliometrics
Education, to be held as part of the 15th International Society of
Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference ( *A
summary of discussions at this workshop and selected contributions will be
published as part of a special issue on Bibliometrics Education of the
journal Education for Information* (

*Important Dates*

   - Submission deadline: Sunday May 3, 2015
   - Notification of acceptance: Monday May 11, 2015
   - Workshop: June 29, 2015, Istanbul, Turkey


Citation analysis and other bibliometric methods and techniques have been
used in research evaluation exercises around the globe, directly affecting
the work and lives of millions of researchers and the expenditure of
billions of dollars. Formal education and training in Bibliometrics,
however, is seriously lacking. In the field of library and information
science (LIS), the traditional home of Bibliometrics education, for
example, very few courses related to Bibliometrics are offered (Beheshti,
2011; Zhao, 2011) and there have been very few faculty positions requiring
expertise in Bibliometrics in North America.

Most people who provide bibliometrics services acquired their bibliometrics
knowledge and skills on the job through self-training or training provided
by vendors and suppliers of citation databases or evaluation systems,
according to a survey of 140 libraries in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland,
and the United Kingdom (Corrall, Kennan, & Afzal, 2013). An examination of
Bibliometrics researchers reveals a wide diversity in their educational
background, from sociology, chemistry, mathematics, computing science,
management, to LIS.

It is not an easy task to perform research or provide services in the area
of Bibliometrics, and a range of competencies is required to do
Bibliometrics properly (Corrall, Kennan, & Afzal, 2013). In addition to a
good understanding of Bibliometrics theory, methods, techniques, tools, and
applications, skills in quantitative methods and techniques are a must-have
for most bibliometric analyses, and subject or disciplinary (e.g.,
chemistry, biology) knowledge is required to make bibliometric analyses go
beyond generic and superficial descriptions. In addition, it is important
to understand the local and broad contexts in which Bibliometrics is
studied or applied, which include the scholarly communication system, the
purposes and motives of research evaluation, as well as the structures,
policies, missions, goals and needs of the institutions being studied or

Bibliometric studies and services are complex, requiring a variety of
competencies; the demand for and impact of bibliometric analyses and
services have been increasing; and the current status of Bibliometrics
education is crying out for improvement. Bibliometrics education should
therefore be brought to the urgent agenda of the bibliometrics and research
evaluation communities if Bibliometrics is to become a profession and to
prove its value to the organizations it serves and to the society. This is
because the value of the Bibliometrics profession depends very much on the
capabilities of its practicing individuals and institutions, as much as it
does on the kind of common standards and best practices that have been the
topic of heated discussions in recent years, e.g., the 2014 Leiden
Manifesto (Borner, Lariviere, Scharnhorst, & Wagner, 2013; Rafols, de
Rijcke, & Wouters, 2014).

*Research questions*

This workshop on Bibliometrics Education aims to explore how to improve the
capabilities of the Bibliometrics profession through education and
training. Conceptual, theoretical as well as empirical contributions are
all welcomed. Questions of interest include but are not limited to the

1.    Current status

a.    Where have Bibliometrics researchers and professionals been getting
their education and training in Bibliometrics?

b.    What are the pros and cons of these types of education and training
for performing bibliometrics properly?

c.     In particular, what are the implications of relying on training
provided by the vendors and providers of citation databases and evaluation

2.    Proper place

a.    Where should Bibliometrics education be placed in the current
education system? Is there a perfect home for it?

b.    Should Bibliometrics education programs be monitored and certified?
By whom?

c.     What is a proper place for Bibliometrics education in the field of
LIS if it continues to stay there?

d.    How promising is it to teach Bibliometrics as part of an
interdisciplinary Data Science degree program?

3.    Paths forward

a.    How can we bring Bibliometrics education from its current state to a
proper place? What could a realistic and effective path look like?

b.    What are the problems that face Bibliometrics Education and how can
they be overcome?

4.    Competencies and curricula

a.    Which professional competencies does Bibliometrics require? How can
they be identified properly?

b.    Is it time to work on a curriculum for Bibliometrics education? What
could it look like?

*Submission Instructions*

Interested participants are invited to write an extended abstract of
approximately 1000 - 1500 words (excluding references), and submit it in
PDF to the organizer by email. Submissions will be peer reviewed. Authors
of selected submissions will be invited to submit a full paper to a special
issue on Bibliometrics Education of the journal *Education for Information*.


Dangzhi Zhao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Library and Information Studies

University of Alberta, Canada

Email: dzhao at



 Beheshti, J. (2011). Presentation at the panel on "Bibliometrics and LIS
education: How do they fit together?"* ASIS&T 2011 Annual Meeting*, October
9-12, 2011, New Orleans, LA, USA.

Borner, K., Lariviere, V., Scharnhorst, A., & Wagner, C. (2013). Standards
for Science Mapping and Classifications. *ISSI 2013 Workshop*, Vienna,

Rafols, I., de Rijcke, S., & Wouters, P. (2014). Quality standards for
evaluation: Any chance of a dream come true? *The plenary session at the
2014 STI conference*, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Corrall, S., Kennan, M.A., & Afzal, W. (2013). Bibliometrics and Research
Data Management Services: Emerging Trends in Library Support for
Research. *Library
Trends, 61* (3), 636-674.

Zhao, D. (2011). Bibliometrics and LIS education: How do they fit
together? *Panel
of the ASIS&T 2011 Annual Meeting*, October 9-12, 2011, New Orleans, LA,

Dangzhi Zhao
Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

Tel. 1-780-4922814
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