Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation

We are happy to announce the third 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 20. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with them.


The course venue is the Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital, 250 E. Superior St., Chicago.


The course takes three days and will take place on June 25–27, 2018.

Course program

Day 1

  • Basic citation analysis
    General introduction and basic citation-based indicators
  • Bibliographic databases
    Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar
  • Bibliometric visualization
    Creating term maps using VOSviewer

Day 2

  • Advanced citation analysis
    Field normalization, counting methods, and core publications
  • Applied citation analysis for research evaluation
    Including a case study on the use of citation analysis at Northwestern University
  • Bibliometric visualization
    Creating co-authorship maps and citation-based maps using VOSviewer Analyzing citation networks using CitNetExplorer

Day 3

  • University rankings
    Sense and nonsense of university rankings, including the CWTS Leiden Ranking
  • Journal impact indicators
    Impact factor, Eigenfactor, CiteScore, SNIP, etc.
  • Beyond citation analysis
    Altmetrics, university-industry collaboration, patents, clinical guidelines, etc.
  • Good practices for the use of scientometric indicators
    Leiden Manifesto for research metrics


The course is provided by two highly experienced lecturers:

Ludo Waltman PhD: Ludo is deputy director of CWTS and leader of the CWTS research group on Quantitative Science Studies. He is one of the developers of the popular VOSviewer software, and he is also responsible for the CWTS Leiden Ranking. Ludo is editor-in-chief of Journal of Informetrics, one of the most prominent scientific journals in the field of bibliometrics and 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.

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.


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


Please contact Suze van der Luit at  if you have any questions about the course.

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