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Bibliometric Data Sources and Indicators 2024

We are pleased to announce the 2024 edition of the course Bibliometric Data Sources and Indicators, which is part of the CWTS course program. This course will be held on-site, in Leiden, the Netherlands, on 12 and 13 June 2024. In fall 2024, CWTS will organize another edition of the course Bibliometric Data Sources and Indicators which will be held online, during office hours in the Americas.


This two-day course provides an introduction to bibliometric data sources and indicators. The course covers the fundamentals that professional users of bibliometrics need to be familiar with.
After completing the course, you will:

  • know the various bibliometric databases and their strengths and weaknesses;
  • have a solid understanding of the definition, calculation and interpretation of a wide range of citation and journal indicators.


The course aims to serve (university) librarians, research policy staff and anyone else with a professional interest in bibliometrics. 

Course program (provisional)

Wednesday 12 June 2024 - Day 1 (9.00-17.00)

Introduction, bibliometric data sources, data collection and data curation

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and introductions
09:30 – 11:00 Data sources + discussion
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 12:30 Developments in scholarly publishing
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:45 Data collection and data curation (Part 1)
14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 – 16:00 Data collection and data curation (Part 2)
16:00 – 17:00 Exercise data collection & data sources
18:00 Dinner

Thursday 13 June 2024 - Day 2 (9.00-16.00)

Bibliometric indicators, definition, calculation and interpretation

09:00 – 09:45 Indicators, what they are?
09:45 – 10:45 Basic citation indicators
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Advanced citation indicators
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Journal-based field definitions
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 – 15:45 Algorithmic field definitions
15:45 – 16:00 Closing


The course is provided by the following lecturers:

Clara Calero-Medina, PhD: Clara is senior researcher and bibliometric consultant at CWTS. She has a background in economics, and science and technologies studies. Clara is a member of the Information & Openness focal area at CWTS.

Vincent Traag, PhD: Vincent is senior researcher at CWTS. He has a background in sociology and applied mathematics. Vincent is a member of the Engagement & Inclusion focal area at CWTS. In addition to his scientific research, Vincent is also a bibliometric consultant at CWTS.

Ludo Waltman, Professor of Quantitative Science Studies: Ludo is one of the coordinators of the Information & Openness focal area at CWTS. He is also coordinator of the CWTS Leiden Ranking and co-developer of the VOSviewer software for bibliometric visualization.

Course fee

The course fee is € 1000 excluding 21% VAT. This includes coffee, tea and lunch during the course and a course dinner with the lecturers. The maximum number of participants is 20. The course will be hosted on-site. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop, which is required for some of the practical exercises.


After completing the course, you will receive a certificate of participation by email.


To register for the course, please use this booking form. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

The general terms and conditions of CWTS BV are applicable.


Carole de Bordes is the coordinator of the CWTS course program and this course. For further information about this course please send us an email

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