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?


Just published! 

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


Recent/Upcoming talks 

  • Mar. 6, 2018: "Why Impact Factor Rankings Favor Small Journals", APS March Meeting, Los Angeles 
  • Nov. 30, 2017: Colloquium, Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, Germany. 
  • Oct. 6, 2017: Physics Careers Seminar, Physics Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
  • In 2016-2017, I delivered a five-series Seminar on Scientific Publishing at Columbia University. The seminar's aim was to train and inform graduate students and junior researchers on matters pertaining to scientific publishing. Its five themes are: (a) writing a paper, (b) peer review, (c) citation analysis & performance metrics, (d) publication ethics, and (e) topics from the history & sociology of science publishing.