Study of competencies for Bibliometrics

The Lis-Bibliometrics Forum commissioned the development of a set of bibliometric competencies. The work, sponsored by a small research grant from Elsevier Research Intelligence Division, was led by Dr Andrew Cox at the University of Sheffield, and Sabrina Petersohn of the Bergische Universitat Wuppertal. The aim of the competency statements is to ensure that bibliometric practitioners are equipped to do their work responsibly and well. In particular, the competencies should:

· help individuals to assess their own bibliometric skills and identify training needs to fill the gaps in their knowledge;

· help organisations to develop training programmes and support their staff in developing the necessary bibliometric skills;

· help Information Schools plan programmes of study to ensure tomorrow’s information professionals have the necessary bibliometric skills.

Competency statements will be developed at both entry-level and intermediate level and will make reference to international developments in this area. 

Further information can be obtained by contacting:

Andrew Cox – Project Team. The Information School, University of Sheffield, UK (

Sabrina Petersohn – Project Team.  Bergische Universitat Wuppertal, Deutschland (

Elizabeth Gadd – Lis-Bibliometrics. Research Office, Loughborough University, UK (

UKSG 2017 Conference Breakout Presentation: What does it mean to be a competent bibliometrician? Creating a set of bibliometric competency statements - Elizabeth Gadd and Andrew Cox