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Data bibliometrics: metrics before norms

David Stuart (Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, University of Wolverhampton, UK)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




The purpose of this paper is to highlight the problem of establishing metrics for the impact of research data when norms of behaviour have not yet become established.


The paper considers existing research into data citation and explores the citation of data journals.


The paper finds that the diversity of data and its citation precludes the drawing of any simple conclusions about how to measure the impact of data, and an over emphasis on metrics before norms of behaviour have become established may adversely affect the data ecosystem.


The paper considers multiple different types of data citation, including for the first time the citation of data journals.



Stuart, D. (2017), "Data bibliometrics: metrics before norms", Online Information Review, Vol. 41 No. 3, pp. 428-435.



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