Study of competencies for Bibliometrics

The Lis-Bibliometrics Forum has commissioned the development of a set of bibliometric competencies. The work, sponsored by a small research grant from Elsevier Research Intelligence Division, is being led by Dr Andrew Cox at the University of Sheffield, and Sabrina Petersohn of the Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften. 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. The project is due to report early in 2017.

Further information can be obtained by contacting:

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

Sabrina Petersohn – Project Team. GESIS, Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Cologne, Germany (

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