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Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation

We are happy to announce the 2021 edition of the course Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation to be organized in Leiden, The Netherlands. The course is going to be held between the 7th and 11th of June, 2021.

Due to the current COVID-19 measures, the course  will be hosted online. See below for details.

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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.


7 June – 11 June 2021 (classes between 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00 CEST)


Hosted Online (classes between 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00 CEST)

Course program

Day 1: Introduction and Scientometrics data Sources

10.00-11.00 Introduction
11.00-12.00 Evaluative Inquiry
12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
13.00-14.00 Bibliometric data sources
14.00-15.00 Bibliometric data collection

Day 2: Evindence - Scientometrics Indicators ´Evidence´

10.00-12.00 Citation analysis: Indicators 
12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
13.00-14.00 Citation analysis: Counting methods
14.00-15.00 Citation analysis: Journal impact indicators


Day 3: Insight - Scientometric visualization 'Insights'

10.00-11.00 VOSviewer: Introduction
11.00-12.00 VOSviewer: Co-authorship maps 
12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
13.00-14.00 VOSviewer: Citation-based maps
14.00-15.00 VOSviewer: Term maps


Day 4: Learning - Advanced topics 'Learning'

10.00-11.00 Bibliometric Network Analysis: Mapping at work
11.00-12.00 Advanced bibliometric analysis in the context of research evaluation: Area Based Connectedness (ABC) to society
12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
13.00-14.00 Other scientometrics indicators
14.00-15.00 Case Studies


Day 5: Learning - Advanced topics 'Learning'

10.00-11.00 Responsible Metrics
11.00-12.00 Case Studies
12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
13.00-14.30 Case Studies
14.30-15.00 Wrapping up & goodbye



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.

Tjitske Holtrop, PhD: Tjitske is a postdoctoral researcher at CWTS in the SES research group. She studies the practices of evaluation: how are questionnaires made, what do numbers do, how are reports written or what happens in meetings? Trained as an anthropologist she studies how evaluation gets done, what kind of resources and people they mobilize, and what kinds of practices, collectives and ideas of accountability, change and quality they make possible. 

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.

Karin den Dulk is in charge of the administration of the course.

Course fee

The registration fee is € 1000. The maximum number of participants is 30 and participation will be determined in the order of registration. The course will be hosted online, participants are expected to have available their own computer, which is required for some of the practical exercises.


Registration for this course is no longer possible as the maximum amount of participants have registered. If you are interested to be placed on a waiting list in case current registered participants cancel, please contact Karin den Dulk.

The general terms and conditions of CWTS BV are applicable.

Please contact Clara Calero if you need further information about the course.

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