Foundations of Bibliometrics


Foundations of Bibliometrics provides an introductory look into key terminology related to university research and citations associated with university rankings. 


This online course provides the prerequisite knowledge required for the Maximising Research and Crunching Data courses in the Building World Class Universities knowledge track.



What You'll Learn

• An introduction to bibliometrics 

• An exploration of terminologies related to three common ranking agencies’ indicators

• An exploration of the h-index metric, an important component of ranking agencies’ methodologies



This course consists of the following three modules:

1. Introducing Bibliometrics

2. Introducing Rankings Indicators

3. Introducing Metrics for Journals



By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

✓ Recall the definition and purpose of bibliometrics it relates to university rankings

✓ Recall key terminology related to bibliometrics

✓ Define key indicators for THE and QS world rankings

✓ Recall metrics for author impact and journal impact as they relate to university rankings


Who It's For

University leadership, faculty, and staff whose work is related to university ranking and reputation building.

Get Prepared

New to bibliometrics, citation analysis, and research measurement tools? If so, Foundations of Bibliometrics is a great starting point.


This online course includes practical, interactive worksheets. We recommend you use a laptop or tablet if possible.


Course Expert(s)

César Wazen


César Wazen is the Director of the International Affairs Office at Qatar University. He designed and implemented the ranking strategy that Qatar University has used to dramatically improve their university rankings.

César’s interests in rankings, academic accreditation and student assessment are backed by extensive experience teaching mathematics and statistics as well as in whole-school accreditation. He holds a BSc in mathematics, a teaching diploma and a master’s in educational administration and policy studies, all from the American University of Beirut and currently pursuing doctoral studies in European and International Studies.



The Building World Class Universities programme is an eight-course knowledge track that supports institutions with the foundations and strategies they need to begin or continue on their journey to becoming world-class universities.


The Building World Class Universities programme includes the following online courses:

  1. Foundations of University Ranking
  2. Foundations of Bibliometrics
  3. Maximising Research
  4. Increasing Visibility
  5. Crunching Data 
  6. Branding for Degree Presentations 
  7. Developing a Distinctive Position for Your University 
  8. Developing Alumni Relationships 


Enrol in the full programme now to get a 20% discount on all courses above!



2 Hours




Self-Paced - Online



Downloadable and shareable Certificate of Completion



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