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Bibliometrics is defined as "the application of statistical methods to the study of bibliographic data" (Merriam-Webster, 2014). More and more, tools within this field are being used to assess the impact of scholarly articles. They may be used in determining whether a faculty member will receive tenure or a promotion. Therefore, it is essential that faculty members become familiar with different tools and how they evaluate scholarly works. Below are resources explaining bibliometrics in more detail, and links to some of the tools used in analysis.
Citation analysis is used to assess where and how many times an author or an article has been cited. There are a number of sites that can be utilized for this purpose.
Journal rankings offer a picture of the most influential journals in a given discipline. Below are resources that show rankings using a variety of algorithms.
Altmetrics are statistical tools that use a range of social media sources to calculate influence of scholarly literature. They work as a complement to more traditional methods of analysis. Below are just a few of the many altmetrics resources available.
For articles on altmetrics, please see this bibliography by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.