ALPSP Training Course: Citation Analysis for Publishers (1305CAP)

Thursday 2nd May 2013
Business & Finance
Level 2 (2-3 Years' Experience)
Said Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP Tel: 01865 288847 (Map)

Citations are a tool by which publishers can monitor and evaluate the success of their publishing programme. In a journal publishing context, the term bibliometrics is most commonly used to refer to the analysis of citations between journal articles. This course provides an overview of bibliometrics with particular reference to journal metrics such as the Impact Factor, Eigenfactor, and SNIP indicator. Specific attention will be given to characteristics and differences between citation indexes, and the workshop will include extensive hands-on use of these products, including an illustration of the types of analysis which can be derived from these data sources.
Speakers/ Tutors
Iain Craig
James Hardcastle

Prices: Member £355.00 plus VAT (please log in for this price), Non Member £515.00 plus VAT


  • What do we mean by bibliometrics? Characteristics of a citation index
  • Common misconceptions and pitfalls in the use of citation metrics
  • Editor and publisher strategies to increase the Impact Factor
  • Description of, and differences between, a variety of journal citation metrics
  • Emerging alternative metrics including author citation metrics and usage (download) measurements
  • Hands on sessions using the most commonly used citation indexes

This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00

By the end of the course delegates will be able to

Explain the differences, and similarities between the major journal metrics such as Impact Factor and Eigenfactor; understand how the composition of a citation index will influence final results; explain why subject coverage and a variety of communication methods (journal article, book, working paper) influences the robustness of analysis in different subject areas; understand the construction of, and variances between, author metrics, and how they may be applied to journals; be aware of the differences, and similarities between citation and usage based analysis; and undertake analyses based on data.

Who should attend:
This course is suitable for staff working in editorial, marketing or data analyst roles who are responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the performance and profile of published editorial content. It is also suitable for those in more junior roles who are stepping up into a more specialist journals role and require more in-depth training.

This Course is also available as an interactive eLearning Course - see details here

Delegate Comments

'Very comprehensive overview of all the metrics available. ' Sally Thompson, Springer

'The presenters kept the course interesting throughout.' Kelly Horwood, BMJ

'Really good tutors, thoroughly enjoyed it. ' Alison Pope, Society for Endocrinology

'Very good analysis of the pitfalls and definitions of the different metrics that are in use. Very illuminating and interesting course.' Mark Thorne, Biochemical Society

'A demanding but fascinating guide through a complex area. Our guides were great and led us through skillfully and knowledgeably.' Jacqui Gauntlett, British Journal of Sociology

'Excellent a great overview. Both presenters were excellent. I would recommend this course to anyone in scholarly/academic publishing. ' Ian Stoneham, Faculty of 1000

'Very good analysis of the pitfalls and definitions of the different metrics that are in use. Well informed before the course. Very illuminating and interested course. My uncertainties about JCR, IF’s, & usage of WoS were resolved – I hope it continues.' Mark Thorne, Biochemical Society

'Extremely helpful, excellent speakers.' Lucy McIvor, RSM Press

'Very good presenters.' Jenny Guthrie, British Ecological Society

'Exceptionally knowledgeable speakers, very engaging, very helpful.' Ed Mottram, Sage Publications

Coordinator: Melissa Marshall
Telephone: 01622 871035