Ravichandra I K Rao
Indian Statistical Institute
The objective of the course is to impart in-depth knowledge on Scientometrics; it includes scope and definition, computational aspects certain parameters and indicators. Another objective of the course is to instil skills in learners that would enable them to collect and analyse Scientometrics data; finally, this course will help you to read and understand the scientific literature in the field of Scientometrics.
The course elaborates on methodology and techniques involved in the analysis of Scientometric data. The course is designed for the students of library and information science as well as for professionals working in library and information centres. However, anyone who wishes to learn about Scientometrics is welcome to join the course.
The learner should have basic knowledge of computers, acquaintance with traditional libraries using manual processes as well as computerized library operations and services offered by both types of libraries.
The course is designed for the students of library and information science as well as for professionals working in library and information centres. Other learners interested in digital libraries may also take up the course.
After successful completion of the course, you will gain in-depth knowledge about Scientometrics. You will develop skills to collect, analyse and evaluate Scientometric data. You will be able to read and understand Scientometric literature; further, you will able to carry out research in Scientometrics.
The course consists of 8 parts and is deliverable in a time span of 8 weeks as per the course layout is given below.
Week 1: Introduction to Scientometrics
Librametry, Bibliometrics, Scientometrics, Informetrics and Webometrics: Historical Development
Data Sources and Software Tools for Bibliometric Studies
Week 2: Classical Laws of Bibliometrics
Classical Law of Bibliometrics
Bradford Distributions: an Overview
Week 3: Use Studies
Library Use Studies
Analysis of Circulation data, including the quantitative methods to evaluate collection
Week 4: Obsolescence of Literature
Obsolescence factor: Definition and Calculation
Week 5: Growth of Literature
Growth of Literature
Week 6: Scientometric Indicators
Week 7: Citation Analysis and Collaboration in Science
Collaboration in Science
Week 8: National Mapping and role of Scientometrics in Science Policy
National Mapping of Science
Scientometrics as a Policy and Strategic Tool