Free Online Course “SCIENTOMETRICS” in Swayam Website


Created by

Ravichandra I K Rao 
Indian Statistical Institute

Start Date: 21/08/2017 End Date: 31/10/2017
Course Language: English
Course Type: Scheduled
Video transcripts
Course Category: Library
Learning Path: Post graduate
Course Length: 60 Hours
Weekly time commitments: 6 Hours
Course CompletionYes, after accessing…View Certificate
Exam Date: To be announced
Credits: 3 , View Certificate





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.

Course Coverage

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.

Target Learners 

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.

Learning Outcome

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.

Timeline- Duration

The course consists of 8 parts and is deliverable in a time span of 8 weeks as per the course layout is given below.

Course Layout

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

Science Indicators

Week 7: Citation Analysis and Collaboration in Science

Citation analysis

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




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