Bibliometrics and Research Impact Canadian Community of Practice September Call – Indexing Tools and Journal Level Indicators
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
We invite those across Canada interested in bibliometrics and research impact indicators, to join this month’s call of the Canadian Bibliometrics and Research Impact (BRI) Community of Practice.
This insightful session will delve into two aspects of academic publishing: Open Alex and the potential to improve the quality of indexing Canadian journals and the significance and use of journal level metrics.
In the first segment, Simon van Bellen, senior research advisor at the non-profit publishing platform Érudit, will introduce how the recent development of OpenAlex may allow for a more complete picture of the Canadian publishing landscape. Canadian research often finds its home in Canadian journals, which according to a recent study are backed by public funds, universities, and learned societies. Exact numbers of publications are unknown as these journals are poorly indexed in common tools for bibliometric analysis. OpenAlex can be used to evaluate the level and quality of indexing of Canadian journals and explore its usefulness for bibliometric analysis.
In the second segment, Christine Brodeur, intelligence analyst for the National Research Council of Canada, will unravel the complex world of journal level indicators. Journal Impact Factor may be a familiar term, but do you understand its definition and how it’s calculated? Are you aware that numerous alternative journal indicators also exist? Are you acquainted with the circumstances under which these indicators should or shouldn’t be employed, as well as their limitations? The presentation aims to address these questions and stimulate conversations centred on journal level indicators.
Community Calls are organized by the CARL Canadian Bibliometrics and Research Impact Community of Practice Steering Committee:
- Philippe Boisvert, Université Laval
- Laura Bredahl, University of Waterloo
- Christine Brodeur, NRC / CNRC
- Thane Chambers, University of Alberta
- Rachel Couban, McMaster University
- Monique Grenier, University of Victoria
- Mindy Thuna, University of Toronto