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Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation

We are happy to announce the fourth edition of the course Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation to be organized in the US. The course is provided by Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) in collaboration with the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. CWTS, located in Leiden, the Netherlands, is a world-leading research center in the field of bibliometrics and scientometrics and an important provider of high-quality bibliometric statistics. Galter Library works closely with Northwestern University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (NUCATS) to provide support on evaluation and continuous improvement.

The course Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation offers a deep insight into the use of citation analysis, bibliometric visualization, and other related tools for evaluating scientific research. Information on the course, including the course program, is offered below.

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The course aims to provide participants with a thorough understanding of citation analysis and bibliometric visualization, focusing on their use in research evaluation. After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • understand and interpret a wide range of publication- and citation-based statistics;
  • use the VOSviewer software developed at CWTS in a proficient manner to create your own professional bibliometric visualizations; and
  • reflect critically on proper and improper use of bibliometric and scientometric information in the evaluation of scientific research.


The course aims to serve a broad audience that includes anyone with a professional interest in citation analysis, bibliometric visualization, and other scientometric tools for research evaluation. The course is most beneficial for participants that already have some basic knowledge on bibliometrics and citation analysis.

In order to have optimal possibilities for interaction with the lecturers, the number of participants in the course is limited to 25. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with them.


The course will be hosted by Galter Health Sciences Library - Northwestern University.


The course is scheduled for 9-11 November, 2020.

Course program

Day 1

  • Scientometrics for research management and research evaluation
    Research management and research evaluation, scientometric indicators, and citation analysis
  • Citation analysis
    Basic and advanced indicators
  • Beyond citation analysis
    Novel indicators (open access, gender, etc.)
  • Bibliometric visualization
    Creating co-authorship maps and citation-based maps using VOSviewer

Day 2

  • Bibliographic data sources
    Web of Science, Scopus, and Dimensions
  • Bibliometric visualization
    Creating term co-occurrence maps using VOSviewer
  • Advanced analytics
    Classification systems and strength, potential, risk (SPR) analysis
  • Economic, health, and societal impact of research
    Altmetrics, university-industry collaboration, patents, clinical guidelines, etc.
  • Citation analysis
    Counting methods

Day 3

  • Journal indicators
    Journal impact indicators (Impact Factor, CiteScore, SNIP, etc.) and their use in research evaluation
  • University rankings
    CWTS Leiden Ranking and responsible use of university rankings
  • Responsible metrics
    Leiden Manifesto for research metrics
  • Bibliographic data sources
    Open citations


The course is provided by the following lecturers:

Ludo Waltman PhD: Ludo is professor of Quantitative Science Studies and deputy director of CWTS. He is one of the developers of the popular VOSviewer software, He is also responsible for the CWTS Leiden Ranking. Ludo is Editor-in-Chief of Quantitative Science Studies, a recently established scientific journal in the field of scientometrics.

Ed Noijons PhD: As operational director of CWTS, Ed is responsible for applied bibliometric analyses carried out by CWTS. Ed has over 25 years of experience in bibliometric research and applied bibliometric projects. His research interests include structuring and mapping of science, with a focus on applications in science policy and research management.

Mark Neijssel MSc: As bibliometric consultant he is responsible for the development of the contract research activities for research performance studies, network analyses and science mapping studies and tailor-made training courses for CWTS' clients. All of these activities are fueled by the research conducted at the scientific institute.

The local organizers of the course are Kristi Holmes and Karen Gutzman from the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University.

Course fee

The course fee is € 1535. This includes tuition, course material, coffee breaks, lunches, and dinners.


Please be so kind as to verify with your credit card company whether payments in Euro amounts to overseas accounts can be done.

To register for the course please use this booking form.


Please contact Mark Neijssel at m.neijssel@cwts.leidenuniv.nl if you have any questions about the course.

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