What is bibliostatistics?

Bibliostatistics is an interdisciplinary field that results from the application of data science to bibliographic and bibliometrics research. In this sense it transcends traditional bibliometrics by engaging a broader range of tools (statistics, data and text mining, analytics, etc.) towards a deeper understanding of various aspects of scientific publishing and research assessment. 

One goal is to use bibliostatistics to study citation impact, both from a fundamental and applied perspective. For example, what is the nature of the Journal Impact Factor, what are its properties, constraints and limitations?


Recently published

Impact Factor volatility to a single paper: A comprehensive analysis of 11639 journalsM. Antonoyiannakis (under review)

How a Single Paper Affects the Impact Factor: Implications for Scholarly PublishingProceedings of the 17th Conference of the International Society on Scientometrics & Informetrics, vol. II, 2306-2313 (2019)

Impact Factors and the Central Limit Theorem: Why citation averages are scale dependentM. Antonoyiannakis, Journal of Informetrics 12, 1072 (2018)


Upcoming talks  

  • Impact Factor Volatility to a Single Paper: A Comprehensive Analysis of 11639 Journals, APS March Meeting (Denver, CO, 2020)

Scholarly Metrics in Research Assessment     

(panel discussion at the APS March Meeting) 

 Wednesday, March 6, 2019
 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
 Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC)
 Room 253A


Johan Bollen, Professor of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University

Title: "From scholarly metrics to self-organized, peer-to-peer science funding

Vincent Larivière, Associate Professor of Information Science, University of Montréal, Canada

Title: "Measuring research: What every physicist should know

Rashid Zia, Dean of the College, Brown University

Title: "Academia as a Public Profession: Opportunities and Challenges of Feedback from Public Data"

Moderator: Manolis Antonoyiannakis