7 June 2023 17:00 – 18:30
Opportunities and challenges of scientometrics: Diversification of data sources and applications
The field of bibliometrics and scholarly metrics has historically been driven and heavily shaped by the availability of data. From the creation of the Science Citation Index in the 1960s and the launch of Scopus and Google Scholar in 2004 which ended the monopoly of the Web of Science to the recent diversification of databases and APIs including Crossref, Dimensions, Altmetric, DataCite, Scite or OpenAlex. This diversification has the potential to make quantitative research assessment more accessible and inclusive by reducing known gaps and biases such as covering research outputs beyond English-language peer-reviewed journals. However, it also introduces new challenges including metadata quality and completeness, which can greatly impact the outcome and validity of bibliometric studies. This keynote will provide an overview of the landscape of scientometrics with a particular focus on recent developments and applications in research evaluation, library collection management and open science monitoring. It will also address the need to educate users of scholarly metrics in order to reduce their misuse in academia.
Short Bio of Dr Stefanie Haustein
Dr Stefanie Haustein is associate professor at the School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa and co-director of the Scholarly Communications Lab (ScholCommLab), an interdisciplinary group of researchers who analyze scholarship in the digital era, based in Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada.
Dr Haustein’s research focuses on scholarly communication and research evaluation, bibliometrics, altmetrics, open access and open science. She is affiliated researcher at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST) at Université du Québec à Montréal as well as the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) and the Centre for Journalology at University of Ottawa.
Dr Haustein holds a Master’s degree in history, American linguistics and literature, and information science, and a PhD in information science from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. She has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Université de Montréal and as a bibliometric analyst at Science-Metrix, Canada and Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.