Bibliometrics is increasingly used for the evaluation of research and the allocation of research funds. Many of the international university rankings that have attracted attention in recent years are at least partly built on the use of bibliometric indicators. Government funding for higher education institutions is also allocated partly on the amount of published research and to what extent it have been cited by other researchers.
Bibliometrics is the study of science and research with the help of mathematical and statistical methods. With a basis in publication and citation data, bibliometric indicators can help to shed light on issues of productivity, impact and influence as well as social and intellectual structures in various areas of research.
Expert staff at the University Library perform bibliometric analysis and support university and faculty management on how to interpret external bibliometric evaluations.