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Bibliometric Services

The Boulder Labs Library provides bibliometric and research impact services for researchers affiliated with the Boulder Labs. Bibliometrics are tools to capture elements of research productivity and research impact. Examples of bibliometric measures include the total number of citations for publications, h-index, and average citations per publication. These metrics can be provided for a single researcher, a group of researchers or whole divisions and departments.

What We Do

Research Impact
We compile and compute citation impact scores using the latest bibliometric techniques and put those scores into context to help you understand impact for individual researchers and laboratories.

Measure Productivity
We identify publications by researcher, laboratory and grant projects to help you understand how much research they have produced and how that may have changed over time.

Detect Collaboration
We conduct network analysis to identify relationships between publications based on authorship, citations and common terms.

Identify Research Topics
We analyze topical and structural links among publications to help you understand what papers by a laboratory, program, or discipline are about, how they are related, and how they have changed over time.

Contact Information

To find out more about our bibliometrics program or to request a bibliometrics report for yourself or your research group, email Daniel Draper at daniel.draper@noaa.gov.


Bibliometrics is the quantitative analysis of scholarly publication and citation data, intended to provide insight into the value and influence of published research. The Boulder Labs Library offers bibliometrics services for individuals and research groups. Bibliometrics can be used to:

  • Show the impact of your research
  • Identify collaborators and experts
  • Identify emerging research trends
  • Inform research priorities
  • Choose the most relevant journals for your publication

  • Librarians are among the pioneers in the field of bibliometrics, beginning with citation analysis in the 1930’s for the evaluation of journal collections, and are now taking a leading role in developing the practical and ethical applications of bibliometrics as a measure of research impact
  • Librarians are already skilled in searching the relevant databases and preparing the data set
  • Librarians are well-versed in the strengths and shortcomings of different databases, and understand how the choice of database and search strategy can affect your bibliometrics results
  • Librarians are a neutral third party, interested only in providing accurate, comprehensive answers to your questions
  • The Boulder Labs Library can provide bibliometrics analysis at the individual and group level. The following areas listed below are components that a typical bibliometrics report will include.

    Descriptive indicators, such as:

    • Total publications
    • Total citations
    • Median citation rate
    • Percent of publications cited
    • Percent of publication in the top 10% by citation rate within category
    • H-index (can be calculated at the individual or group level)
    • Evaluative indicators, such as:

    • Category Normalized Citation Impact (CNCI)
    • Percentile rankings
    • Alternative metrics, such as:

    • Social media reach and reaction
    • Downloads and views

    Click on the Bibliometric Examples Below to Find Out More about Each Visualization