CWTS course Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation

We are proud to announce the first edition of the course Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation to be organized in Australia. The course is provided by Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) in collaboration with University of Tasmania. 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. The University of Tasmania is among the top echelon of research-led universities in Australia. The University is a world leader in its specialist, thematic areas.

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


The course venue is the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies on the Hobart Waterfront at University of Tasmania.


The course takes three days and will take place on June 6–8, 2017.

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
    A case study on the use of citation analysis at University of Tasmania
  • 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.

Nees Jan van Eck PhD: Nees Jan is a researcher at the CWTS. His research focuses on the development of visualization tools and algorithms, mainly for analyzing the structure and development of science. Nees Jan has published numerous scientific articles on this topic. The VOSviewer tool developed by Nees Jan (together with Ludo Waltman) is widely used by researchers in the field of bibliometrics and scientometrics. In 2010, Nees Jan received his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Many of the techniques used in the VOSviewer tool were originally introduced in his PhD thesis.

The local organizer of the course is Professor Clive Baldock, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Researcher Development at the University of Tasmania.

Course fee

The course fee is € 1600 (AUD 2200). This includes tuition, course material, coffee breaks, lunches, and a course dinner.


To register for the course, please click here. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.


Please contact Mark Neijssel at if you have any questions about the course.

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