Bibliometric analyses

The University Library performs surveys and analyses of publication patterns on behalf of the University's management. The analyses are part of the basis that is used for assessing research funding.

Bibliometrics at the University

Bibliometrics is a field of knowledge where mathematical and statistical methods are used to study the patterns of communication and publication that emerge when information is distributed. The University Library performs bibliometric analyses at the request of the University's management and decision makers at the faculties. The analyses can be used to compare publication patterns between departments, faculties, or universities.

Monitoring academic publishing at the University of Gothenburg

In 2010, the University Library received a mission from the Vice-Chancellor to "...develop a routine for the continuous compilation of bibliometric statistics that should be available to the faculties when they produce analyses of their own" (Rektorssammanträde 2009:19). The mission is a follow-up of the external evaluation of the University's research, Research Evaluation for Development of Research (RED10).

Each year, The University Library produces a report that gives an overview of the publishing activities at the University during the last five year period. The annual reports give an overview on a departmental level.

Annual bibliometric analysis reports (in Swedish)

Comparative analyses of research areas

In addition to the annual reports, the Library also produces comparative analyses between and within subject areas, other universities, and countries.

The latest analysis A bibliometric survey of the medical technology litterature contains structured information that facilitates detailed analyses of literature in the field of medical technology.

Previous analyses of research areas

Allocation of research funding

Part of the research funding that the University allocates to the faculties is based on performance and calculated using external financing and scientific publishing. The University has decided that the part that is based on scientific publishing should be calculated by the University Library using a bibliometric model.

Each faculty has chosen a bibliometric model to be used when calculating the data for the allocation of research funding.

  • Sahlgrenska Academy and the Faculty of Science have chosen a model that measures the amount of citations in the database Web of Science.
  • The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts has its own model based on publication scores.
  • The Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and IT as well as the School of Business, Economics and Law all use the Norwegian model.

About the University's allocation of research funding

The Norwegian model

The Norwegian model bases allocation of research funding on publication type and on the publication channel's level of prestige within its field. The publications are awarded points based on publication type and level. In collaborations the publication's points are divided between the authors.

Authorised publication types:

  • Monograph (not editing)
  • Chapter
  • Journal article
  • Research review
  • Published conference proceedings. A conference proceeding counts as a journal article if it is published in an authorised ISSN channel (journal) and as a chapter if it is published in an authorised ISBN channel (book).

Authorised academic publication channels:

  • Journal, series or web site with ISSN
  • Published book with ISBN

On the website of Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers you can read more about how the model works, search for authorised publication channels, and find out what criteria are used for inclusion. You can also suggest additions for channels that you think may be missing from the register.

Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

Requesting bibliometric analyses

As a decision makers at the University you can request bibliometric surveys and analyses and use them for allocation of research funding. Requests are processed in the following order:

  1. University Management
  2. Faculty Management
  3. Department Management

Contact us

Contact us if you are a decision maker at the University who wants to request a survey or has questions about bibliometrics.

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