Bibliographic methods are a useful tool to provide academics with an overview of the visibility of their research output. TU Wien Bibliothek supports you in using this for your own academic career and also provides scientometric analyses for research groups or institutes.
Fields of application
Bibliometrics uses mathematical and statistical methods to analyse academic publications and bibliographic data. Key figures obtained from these quantitative analyses are increasingly used in academic planning and evaluation. Key figures can also help in identifying research trends and in finding suitable project partners, visualising cooperation and citation networks, and illustrating an institution's expertise. Given this broader context, this practice is known as scientometrics (measurement of science).
Data sources and analyses
Compiling convincing analyses requires high quality data. Various data sources are therefore used: databases, such as Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics), Scopus (Elsevier), Dimensions (Digital Science) and COCI (OpenCitations), as well as the Google Scholar search engine.
There has also been an increase in the use of altmetrics in the last decade. Data from providers of alternative metric data, such as Altmetric.com or PlumX supplement bibliographic indicators, such as Impact Factor or h-Index.
Outputs can be presented graphically and spatially in what is known as a "Science Map", so that they can be understood more easily and more quickly. We use tools such as R (and the "Bibliometrix" package), Gephi or VosViewer for this purpose.
The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), opens an external URL in a new window - supported by the FWF in Austria - and the Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics,, opens an external URL in a new window encourage responsibility when dealing with indicators for measuring research performance. TU Wien Bibliothek supports taxonomies, such as CRediT, opens an external URL in a new window, used to gather and distinguish between articles on research output, and infrastructures for open science, such as OpenCitations, opens an external URL in a new window.
Analyses on individual people, research groups or institutes
Faculties are supported with standardised analyses in the course of appointment proceedings. We would request that you contact us in good time via the appointments committee. TU Wien Bibliothek also supports institutes and research groups, for example, with network analysis and visualisations (cooperation and citation networks) with regard to strategic decisions.
We would be pleased to provide you with individual support in a one-to-one discussion or online for any questions you may have on bibliometrics or scientometrics.
Training and workshops
- as part of the internal personnel development programme
- on request: We would be pleased to arrange a training programme for groups according to specific requirements. If you are interested in any of the above, please get in touch using our contact form.