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Bibliometrics and evaluation of research

Bibliometrics is the quantitative measurements of scientific publications. It is increasingly used for the evaluation of research and the allocation of research funds. On this page you will find useful links and information about journal ranking, H-index and citation analysis.

Support on bibliometrics

At LUSEM Library, we provide support on the citation databases such as Web of Science and Scopus, offering valuable insights to enhance your understanding of a research field. Additionally, we possess expertise in the bibliometric analysis tool, VOSviewer. Utilizing VOSviewer, we can assist you in creating visualizations that highlight connections among researchers, journals, and articles retrieved from WoS, Scopus etc. We offer instructional sessions for both individuals and groups.

For more extensive bibliometric studies, the University Library conducts them for you with priorities given to faculties, departments, and research groups. Please contact publicera [at] lub [dot] lu [dot] se

Visualization of bibliometric data

VOSviewer is a free software tool for constructing and visualizing bibliometric networks. These networks may for instance include journals, researchers, or individual publications, and they can be constructed based on citation, bibliographic coupling, co-citation, or co-authorship relations. VOSviewer handles data from various sources such as Scopus, Web of Science and your EndNote-library.


Norwegian list

The Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers is known as the Norwegian list. The Norwegian list largely covers all subjects and publishers that are relevant for research conducted at LUSEM.  The list is operated jointly between The National Board of Scholarly Publishing (NPU) and Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills on behalf of The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

Each year, the LUSEM management requests information about research output from LUCRIS. Based on publishing activities, funds from Lund University are distributed to the departments. Points are given according to publication type and ranking in the Norwegian list.    

A LUCRIS registration only counts if the publication is related to your work at LUSEM. It is the affiliation stated in the publication that determines where you are active. For example, if you work at LUSEM but do not mention it in the published article, the article will not be part of the funding allocation. It is important that you specify that you work at Lund University when you publish your research. The mapping process is automatic. If you have only specified the institutional affiliation and the School of Economics, the mapping will not work, as there are several Schools of Economics in Sweden. However, if you have only specified Lund University, it will work fine. Having an ORCID makes it easier to match a publication to a researcher. Your affiliation is also essential for validation at Lund University and national level.

The following minimum level must be achieved for journals, series, or publishers to be included in the Norwegian list:

  1. Established procedures for external peer review
  2. An academic editorial board (or equivalent) consisting primarily of researchers from universities, research institutes etc.
  3. International or national authorship

If the minimum level is reached, the publication/publisher ends in Level 1. Level 2 shows that the channel holds an international high standard. Level 2 represents the top 20 percent of the total amount of channels. As a researcher, you can nominate journals and publishers to the list. The ranking is made annually by Norwegian scientific experts.

Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

Criteria for inclusion of new scientific publication channels

Level, Norweigan system1
Publication type:  
Book chapter (publisher level)0,71
Editorship (publisher level)0,71
Monograph (publisher level)58


The ABS-list is the Chartered Association of Business Schools' Academic Journal Guide. The list focuses on journals in business, management and economics. It ranks journals on a scale of 1-4 based upon peer review, editorial and expert judgements following from the evaluation of publications and is informed by statistical information relating to citation.
To access the list, you must register online at the Chartered Association of Business Schools website.  


Citation analysis

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. In comparison to Web of Science, Scopus has a bigger scope, but Web of Science is more complete when it comes to citations prior to 1996. Scopus also covers articles in press. While Web of Science is a bit more exclusive than Scopus, Google Scholar contains material that has not been quality controlled.
Because no citation database is complete, evaluations should only be made on group level.


The H-index combines the number of articles a researcher has published, with the number of citations per article. 

You can use Scopus and Web of Science to find your H-index. All citing documents of an article are not necessarily included in these databases. Google Scholar on the other hand includes citing master theses and sources not conventionally considered, which makes the Google Scholar H-index higher and less trustworthy.

In Scopus

1.    Go to Scopus 
2.    Search for your full name under "Authors search"
3.    You will then see your Scopus profile; in the third column you will find your h-index.

In Web of Science Core Collection

1.    Go to Web of Science Core Collection, select Researchers and type in your full name.
2.    You will then see your Web of Science author record. In the column on the right you will find your h-index. If you want, you can click on Claim this record to verify that the publication list is correct.

If you have any questions or need help, contact the LUSEM library: research_support [at] ehl [dot] lu [dot] se

The H-index logic is also used for journals. As an example: Google Scholar Metrics presents h5-index which is the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. If a journal has the h5-index 20 it means that the 20th most cited article of the journal (latest 5 years) has been cited at least 20 times.

Google Scholar Metrics