HIVK0310CU  Cph: Research evaluation and bibliometrics, Elective

Volume 2016/2017

Informationsvidenskab og kulturformidling, STO 2013


This elective is designed to advance students understanding of the theoretical and methedological underpinnings of scholarly/scientific communication and research assessment.  Emphasis will be placed on research policy including the core quantitative methods of evaluation often used to evaluate the impact, influence or quality of scholarly work (i.e., Bibliometrics, Scientometrics and Alternative or ‘Altmetrics’).  The module will highlight ongoing research at the Royal School of Library and Information Science and focus also on current national and international initiatives for measuring research performance.

Learning Outcome

Competence objectives for the module

The objective of the module is to provide the student with

knowledge and understanding of:

  • A specific subject within library and information science.
  • Relevant theories and methods related to the module's theme.


skills in:

  • Identifying and outlining academic issues within library and information science and make these the object of independent analysis.
  • Reflecting critically on theoretical and methodological choices in relation to an academic issue.
  • Expanding on and putting a chosen subject field within library and information science into perspective.


competences in:

  • Applying relevant theories and methods to a subject within library and information science.
  • Communicating a scientifically studied issue.


Academic objectives

The examinee is able to

  • Delimit and deal with and issue within library and information science.
  • Give an account of central theories of relevance th the chosen subject independently and at a level that reflects in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject's scientific methods.
  • Consider own theoretical and methodological choices critically.
  • Communicate a scientifically studied issue.

Examples of literature that will be used in the course:

  • Cronin, B. & Sugimoto, C.R. (Eds.) (2014).  Bibliometrics and Beyond:  Harnessing Multidimensional Indicators of Scholarly Impact. The MIT Press.
  • Moed, H.F. (2005). Citation Analysis in Research Evaluation. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Van Leeuwen, T. N. (2004). Descriptive versus evaluative bibliometrics. In H.F. Moed, W. Glänzel and U. Schmoch, Eds., Handbook of Quantitative Science and Technology Research: the Use of Publication and Patent Statistics in Studies of S&T Systems, (pp. 373–388). Dordrecht/Boston/ London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Zuccala, A., Verleysen, F., Cornacchia, R., & Engels, T. (2015).  Altmetrics for the Humanities: Comparing Goodreads reader ratings with citations to history books. ASLIB Proceedings, 67(3), doi: 10.1108/​AJIM-11-2014-0152.

Standard lectures will be given throughout the course by the instructor; however students will also participate in their own learning process by giving short in-class presentations. In addition to the lectures, students will be required to work either individually or in teams during on a series of laboratory assignments designed to support the preparation of their final portfolio.
Type of assessment
Course participation under invigilation
Active participation:
This implies a presence at a minimum of 80 % of the lectures and fulfillment of the requirements for the course in form of in-class presentations and a written portfolio report, submitted on the last day of the course.

Portfolio assessment:
a portfolio is a systematic collection of documents prepared by the student during the module. The portfolio allows the students to demonstrate the skills that they have acquired and will contain 2-4 different assignments. This will include a summarized report of reflections and observations. The students’ portfolios will be built up during classroom laboratory sessions and in part through assigned homework. They will be provided with feedback on each assignment and will be given an opportunity to improve different components of their portfolios right up to the point of submission.
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Winter exam 2016


Written 7-days take-home assignment, defined subject. February 2017

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 45
  • Exam
  • 30
  • Exam Preparation
  • 335,8
  • Total
  • 410,8