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Bibliometrics is a commonly used tool in the area of information science for measuring and evaluating the scholarly impact of academic researchers. While the numbers and statistics generated by bibliometric analysis are easily understood and provide standardization for comparison of research outputs, they also run the risk of being overused, oversimplified, and generally isolated from any nuance or contextual information – potentially negating more meaningful application within scientific publication practices. This study looks to better understand these bibliometric concerns through the lens of a small-scale bibliometric comparison of the faculty research output of two similar populations – the Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Department at the University of Central Florida & the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Miami – through article-level bibliometrics using Web of Science® (published by Clarivate Analytics). Given the impending ramifications of global climate change, a particular interest to the residents and higher education institutions in the state of Florida, this study also takes a closer look at those publications directly and indirectly focused on topics of climate change mitigation, adaptation, or resilience. By establishing solid benchmarking criteria within this narrow band of research activity, this study could be expanded to include other similar departments at many colleges and universities. Through future projects like this one, engineering and science librarians could gain a better understanding of similar engineering research outputs within the state of Florida, identify potential areas of regional/geographic collaboration, and develop meaningful library-related services/resources to better assist these engineering researchers and faculty.
Sobczak, J., & Basco, B. (2020, June), Inter-university Bibliometric Comparison of Research Output within Engineering Departments: A Small-scale Case Study at the University of Central Florida and the University of Miami Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34857
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