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Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation

We are happy to announce the November edition of the course Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation to be organized in Leiden, The Netherlands. The course is a three days edition of the well-established  five days course for professionals Measuring Science and Research Performance  provided in Leiden by CWTS during many years.

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 20. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with them.


The course is hosted by CWTS, Leiden University, in Leiden.


The course takes three days and is scheduled for 4‐6 November 2019.

Course program

Day 1

  • Scientometrics for research management and research evaluation
    Research management and research evaluation, scientometric indicators, citation analysis
  • Bibliographic data sources
    Web of Science, Scopus, Dimensions, open citations
  • Bibliometric Data Collection
    Level of analyses: Institution, department, research group, researcher, etc.
  • Citation analysis
    Main indicators, Field normalization, relative citation ratio


Day 2

  • Citation analysis
    Counting methods, journal impact indicators
  • University rankings
    CWTS Leiden Ranking, responsible use of university rankings
  • Bibliometric visualization
    Creating co-authorship maps, citation-based maps, and term maps using VOSviewer

Day 3

  • Responsible metrics
  • Advanced analytics
    Classification systems, strength, potential, risk (SPR) analysis
  • Economic, health, and societal impact of research
    Altmetrics, university-industry collaboration, patents, clinical guidelines, etc.
  • New Bibliometric Indicators
    Gender, mobility, open access, etc.


The course is provided by the following lecturers:

Clara Calero-Medina, PhD: Clara is a senior researcher and bibliometric consultant at CWTS. She has a background in Economics, and Science and Technologies Studies. Her research interest is related with network analysis applied to scientific publications and structure of scientific organizations. Clara is the coordinator of this course.

Vincent Traag, PhD: Vincent is senior researcher at CWTS. He has a background in sociology, and applied mathematics. At CWTS he is responsible for the Modeling Science research line.  In addition to his scientific research, Traag also acts as a bibliometric consultant at the CWTS.

Martijn Visser, MA: Martijn Visser is a researcher at CWTS. For many years Martijn has been primarily engaged in contract research conducting numerous research evaluation studies. He has published on a variety of topic primarily concerning bibliometric methods. Among his research interests are the limitations and opportunities of bibliometric data sources.

Course fee

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


To register for the course please use this booking form.

Please contact Clara Calero at clara@cwts.leidenuniv.nl if you have any questions about the course.

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