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Ural Federal University and Thomson Reuters Publish a Comprehensive Review of Scientometrics

February 25, 2015

Thomson Reuters in collaboration with Ural Federal University has prepared a monograph entitled “Scientometrics Guide: Science and Technology Development Indexes”.

The book was composed jointly by Mark Akoev (Deputy Director of Monitoring Centre of Science and Education, Ural Federal University), Valentina Markusova (Ph.D. (Dr. Sc.) Head of the Information Department, All Russian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (VINITI), the Russian Academy of Sciences), Olga Moskaleva (Ph.D., Advisor to the Director of Scientific Library, Saint Petersburg State University) and Vladimir Pislyakov (Ph.D., Assistant Library Director, National Research University Higher School of Economics).

The Preface was written by Dr. Eugene Garfield – Founder of the Institute of Scientific Information (IS) which is now part of Thomas Reuters - and in it he talks about the history of his unique idea to use citation indexes as scientific search tools. According to the Preface, “These Guidelines are a response to the ever-growing interest in scientometrics methods of analysis of scientific and educational organizations of Russia and the CIS.”

The first chapter is devoted to the possibilities and limitations of the use of scientometrics indexes and the importance of involving the expert community in the distribution of resources earmarked for science and research purposes.

The second chapter contains key bibliometric indicators and examples of calculations using these tools.

The third chapter reveals the connection between scientometrics indicators and the nature of scientific communication. This chapter lists publication assessment methods which could serve as alternatives to citation methods; it also looks at how bibliometric indexes can be used for compilations of academic rankings.

The fourth chapter talks about the methods of visualization of scientometrics information, the limitations related to the forecasting of scientific and technical development, and the quality improvement aspects of the existing and emerging scientific areas in various organizations.

The book closes with three articles by Dr. Garfield.

This compilation will be interesting for researchers, managers, students, employees of information centers and to all those interested in measuring and evaluating science and technology. The complete text of the book is available on the Thomson Reuters website.