Bibliometrics is a statistical analysis of written publications. Historically used to rate/rank publications, it was a tool to help libraries make purchasing decisions. Bibliometrics are now also used as a means to gauge a researcher's scholarly publication output and thus, as one tool in deciding retention, promotion, and tenure (RTP). Numbers have been created to rate both publications and authors. Be advised that there are several organizations/individuals that have created the formulas to calculate these numbers and there is no "one place" to get all the numbers available. Also, if you plan to incorporate bibliometrics into your RTP packet, be aware that some of these numbers (e.g. Journal Impact Factor) cannot be applied evenly across disciplines.
So while bibliometrics are widely used as a means of gauging a person's publication quality, the practice remains controversial.
Journal Impact Factor or Impact Factor: Used to gauge a journal. Calculated by dividing the number of citations in the Journal Citation Reports year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years.
h-Index: Used to gauge an author. A researcher has index h if h of his/her Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Np-h) papers have no more than h citations each.
g-Index: Used to gauge an author. Given a set of articles ranked in decreasing order of the number of citations that they received, the g-Index is the unique largest number such that the top g articles received together at least g2 citations.
In addition to the metrics obtained by the tools in the column to the left, there are some additional methods of citation, or publication analysis:
Library Subscriptions & Holdings
Amazon Sales Rankings
Rejection Rate/Acceptance Rate
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Intensified continuity: Visual style in contemporary American film
FILM QUARTERLY 55 (3): 16-28 SPR 2002