Short Course on Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Librarians and Researchers (15th to 19th Oct, 2018)

Researchers and research administrators are under increased pressure and demands from university management and government review teams, respectively, to not only offer their research products widely through such platforms as open access repositories and social media but also provide evidence of the broader impact of their research.

Course Description:
Researchers and research administrators are under increased pressure and demands from university management and government review teams, respectively, to not only offer their research products widely through such platforms as open access repositories and social media but also provide evidence of the broader impact of their research. As a result, there are calls for increased active participation of libraries and librarians to (a) provide guidance to researchers on how to effectively use bibliometrics and scientometrics techniques to support researchers’ and universities’ claims on research productivity and impact; (b) provide quality support to enhance wider visibility and distribution of research products through such platforms as open access repositories and social media platforms; and (c) supply researchers, university administrators (including research administration offices), research funders and government with appropriate, meaningful and responsible metrics data for purposes of making informed decisions, including accountability of research investments.
This training course is intended for researchers, research managers and librarians seeking to understand and gain skills in the use of bibliometrics and related metrics (i.e. informetrics, scientometrics and altmetrics) in the evaluation of research or offer research support in institutions of higher learning.


Learning Outcomes:
The broad purpose of the training course is to capacitate researchers, research managers and academic librarians with bibliometrics and scientometrics or research evaluation skills and competencies as well as deep knowledge on the role of metrics in open science so as for researchers to justify their research perfromance, research managers to account for research investments and librarians to render support services to resarchers, students, research administrators, and the policy and decision makers at the respective universities. At the end of the program, participants will be able to:
•    Understand and apply basic publication benchmarking techniques such as publication counts and citation analysis in research evaluation and other contexts
•    Differentiate document types that are used for scholarly communication
•    Demonstrate the meaning of quality and relevance of information sources such as journals and books;
•    Make informed recommendations to boards, libraries, research assessment agencies, funders, university administrators, etc. in respect of information sources acquisition  and collection management and development
•    Identify and interpret research or bibliometrics indicators such as citation-based statistics (e.g. h-index, g-index, i10-index, impact factor, eigenfactor, article influence score, cites per article, RG Score, patent scores) for assessing research impact
•    Compare and appreciate the strengths and limitations of different informetrics data sources such as Web of Science citation indexes, Scopus, Google Scholar, African Citation Index, PubMed and social media academic platforms such as Mendeley, CiteULike, ImpactStory, ResearchGate, and so on
•    Develop independent methods to retrieve data that analyzes and/or quantifies scientific outputs other than publications as well as describing societal impact of research
•    Validate, value, and visualize the results of evaluation of societal impact in order to make meaning of research outputs to universities and society
•    Appreciate the role of social media and other open access platforms in improving online visibility of publications and hence their research impact
•    Evaluate research published and disseminated through open access platforms such as ResearchGate, Google Scholar, Academia.edu, ImpactStory, etc.

Training Course Day 1: Introducing bibliometrics and research
Course Description:
The purpose of Day 1’s training will be to introduce the trainees to bibliometrics (including scientometrics and informetrics) and its application in research evaluation as well scholarly communication and publishing and the role of librarians in research assessment in universities.
Learning Outcomes:
At the end of Day 1’s training course, participants will be able to:
•    Understand current, past and future trends in scholarly publishing, including the philosophy of science
•    Uncover a variety of stakeholders’ (i.e. government, research institutions, funders, etc) expectations of researchers or scholars
•    Understand the the concepts of bibliometrics, informetrics, scientometrics, and altmetrics, among others
•    Discuss the application of bibliometrics and its related metrics in different information-intensive contexts
•    Appreciate the need for research evaluation and its benefits in a variety of contexts
•    Discover the role of librarians, researchers, research administrators and research offices, research institutions, and universities in research evaluation

Training Course Day 2: Sources of bibliometrics data and procedures of conducting bibliometrics analyses
Course Description:
Day 2 is dedicated to exposing the participants to the subscription and free sources of bibliometrics data as well as explore and apply step-by-step procedures involved in conducting bibliometrics analyses.
Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
•    Identify sources of bibliometrics data
•    Distinguish the features, strengths and weaknesses of different sources of bibliometrics data
•    Discuss and apply the procedures involved in conducting bibliometrics analyses (e.g. choice of study topic, selection of appropriate indicators, collecting data etc)

Training Course Day 3: Bibliometrics tools (including computer software)
Course Description:
There are a variety of tools used in bibliometrics. These tools include those embedded in the sources of bibliometrics data and computer-aided software. Day 3’s training course will focus on equipping the participants with skills to appropriately select and effectively use different bibliometrics tools.
Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
•    Identify different bibliometrics tools used in research evaluation (especially in data analysis and visualization)
•    Appreciate the features, strengths and weakness of each bibliometrics tool
•    Understand the functions and appropriateness of each bibliometrics tool
•    Apply the tools to analyse and visualize data obtained from sources discussed in Day 2

Training Course Day 4: Skills and competencies in bibliometrics and strategic decision making processes
Course Description:
Bibliometrics and scientometrics require unique sets of skills and competencies on the part of researchers, research managers and librarians. These competencies extend to the application of bibliometrics in decision-making and policy formulation processes. Day 4 seeks to introduce participants to the type of skills and competencies required of researchers and librarians as well as the application of bibliometrics data and findings in strategic decision-making and policy formulation processes. Furthermore, the training course will focus on the development of institutional guidelines, policies and tools to conduct and/or support research assessment.
Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
•    Understand the skills and competencies required in bibliometrics and scientometrics
•    Apply bibliometrics and scientometrics findings and data in strategic decision making and policy formulation in universities
•    Develop drafts of guidelines, policies and tools to support research evaluation within respective universities

Training Course Day 5: Research metrics in open access scholarship
Course Description:
It is widely acknowledged that the channels of disseminating research have widened in their scope and formats. The publication of research has moved to online platforms, thus requiring new methods and techniques of assessing its impact and more particularly societal impact. This day’s training is dedicated to open access scholarship and its assessment using alternative metrics (simply known as altmetrics).

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
•    Understand the development and concepts associated with open science and open access scholarship
•    Explore the effects of open science on research visibility and impact
•    Discover and apply the methods and techniques for measuring and maximizing research visibility and impact through open access and/or online platforms
•    Appreciate the role of librarians, research offices and researchers in ensuring greater visibility and impact of research
•    Identify and apply meaningful and responsible altmetrics to assess research impact in online platforms

Training Plan
  DAY 1   Introducing bibliometrics, scientometrics and research landscape     

              
  DAY 2   Sources of bibliometrics data and procedures of conducting bibliometrics analyses  

                 
  DAY 3   Bibliometrics tools (including computer software)     

               
  DAY 4   Skills and competencies in bibliometrics and strategic decision making processes 

                   
  DAY 5   Research metrics in open access scholarship                  

 
  DAY 5   Practical work (Group and individual)


  DAY 5   Portfolio compilation
                    

NB: A detailed training plan will be issued to participants on arrival for training.
Date:        15th October 2018 to 19th October 2018

Time:        From 09:00 hours to 16:30 hours

Venue:     College of Business Education, Dar es Salaam Campus

Course Fees:
The course fee of TZS 350,000/= (for Tanzanians) and equivalent of US$ 200.00 (for foreigners) covers costs of facilitation, training materials (stationery and other consumables), venue, light refreshments and lunch during session. Participants/clients are expected to meet their transport costs to and from the venue, accommodation, healthcare and other allowances if applicable for participants. Payments should be done in advance.  Please pay your fee through TWIGA BANKCORP bank: Account Number 01TZS204200420601, Account Name CBE Consultancy Bureau.

Registration:
Please complete the registration form and return it with the bank pay in slip to CBE by mail, fax or physical address as specified hereunder:

Contact Details
Dr. Leontine Nkebukwa,
College of Business Education,
P. O. Box 1968,
Dar es Salaam

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Ms. Neema Kitonka
College of Business Education
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Dar es Salaam  
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