Competence Centre for Bibliometrics

Start of the project: 01-Dec-2008 - End of the project: 31-Dec-2020

Only 20 years ago, bibliometrics were so exotic that at best experts dealt with the field. Today, bibliometric indicators such as the Journal Impact Factor or the h-index are provided by large literature databases as a matter of course, and they have found their way into evaluation, steering, and funding processes. This makes proficient handling and interpretation of such indicators indispensable. However, the development of bibliometric competencies and of advanced methods and indicators has not kept pace with the rapidly growing diffusion of their use.

In 2009 the Competence Centre for Bibliometrics was founded in order to eliminate these deficits and to keep up with the international developments. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ – coordinator), the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Bielefeld University, and the FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure all combined their competencies in the form of a consortium. The objective was to construct an in-house database referring to the literature databases Scopus (Elsevier) and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters). Based on quality control, contortion callipers, and unification of author names and addresses, the data stock was corrected and extended. On this basis, the Competence Centre for Bibliometrics started several research projects to define new quality standards in bibliometrics and develop advanced indicators. Furthermore, the consortium members initiated specialised bibliometric projects on collaboration analysis, impact measurement, publication strategies etc.

Since 2014, the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, the Max Planck Society, and the Forschungszentrum Jülich have joined the Competence Centre for Bibliometrics. The main objective is now to make the database a permanent research infrastructure which is open to new services and applications. The former iFQ, now Research System and Science Dynamics research area of the DZHW, aims to use the Competence Centre for Bibliometrics to strengthen its research activities in the general field of indicators, methods, and bibliometrics. It focuses on the development of indicators, quality assurance and quality assessment, subject classification, and network analysis.

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The implicit preference of bibliometrics for basic research.

Donner, P., & Schmoch, U. (2020).
The implicit preference of bibliometrics for basic research. Scientometrics, 124, 1411-1419.

Lead Researcher

Stephan Stahlschmidt
Dr. Stephan Stahlschmidt Lead Researcher +49 30 2064177-18


Dr. Aliakbar Akbaritabar Paul Donner Marion Schmidt

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Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung