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Introducing Bibliometrics

Bibliometrics are statistical analyses of bibliographic outputs such as journal articles or conference papers. They include measures of citation and of impact, and are based on the assumption that the more an output is cited by others, the more likely it is to be of high quality. Because bibliometrics are essentially quantitative measures of quality, they sit alongside peer review, which is a qualitative measure.

Funding agencies and bodies increasingly require evidence of the impact and dissemination of the research they fund, and this will often include bibliometric data.