Our bibliometric reports serve to supplement the self-assessment of a professor who is to be evaluated. It originates from a mutual agreement between the Department for Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies and the professor in question. After completion, the report is reviewed by the Unit for Quality Assurance and is the provided at the disposal of the Rector’s Office and the peers.
The process includes:
Professors who are, in accordance with their contracts, to be evaluated five years after their appointment as part of a quality assessment (or are to be evaluated in the context of an inspection of their credentials). The commission of a bibliometric report through the Rector’s Office is specific to each discipline.
Gorraiz, Juan et al. (2016). Individual Bibliometric Assessment @ University of Vienna: From Numbers to Multidimensional Profiles. Zenodo. 10.5281/zenodo.45402
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The performance agreements between the Rector’s Office and all faculties are respectively prepared by the Unit for Quality Assurance and serve as a basis for the bibliometric reports, which are to be created.
These reports are, in principle, similar to the individual evaluations (see individual evaluation) and they additionally distinguish themselves through their varying granularity (research emphasis, research group, department, etc.). They also include a results comparison, which is achieved through various data sources (u:cris, WoS, InCites, etc.).
It should be explicitly emphasised that bibliometric reports themselves do not constitute the results of an evaluation. Each bibliometric report created serves as a consultation paper and will initially be discussed and validated with the Dean responsible for the faculty being evaluated, before ultimately being made available to the Rector’s Office and selected peers in a revised and annotated version.
Deans, Rector’s Office and Peers
The University of Vienna takes an “informed peer-review” approach to the periodic (at least every seven years) evaluation of faculties and centres (http://www.qs.univie.ac.at/evaluation-von-fakultaeten-und-zentren/ ).
This service is provided for faculty administration in collaboration with our Unit for Quality Assurance . The applicants are bibliometrically analysed and the results gained are provided equally for both the Peers and the Appointments Committee (http://www.qs.univie.ac.at/berufungsverfahren/ ).
The selection of the standards, data sources and criteria (selection of the indicators) used, always takes place under mutual agreement, which provides the basis for the compilation of data. The retrieved publication output from all applicants who make the shortlist is subsequently analysed in comparison with the publication lists provided.
The generated reports’ most important element is a preference for simple rather than compound indicators, as well as the so-called "top counts approach". The latter approach meets the requirements of bibliometric analyses and considers both the different publication cultures and different strategical orientations in a flexible manner.
Our standard report comprises of the following parts:
Professorial appointment committees
These bibliometric analyses can normally be carried out within two to four weeks, depending on the number of applicants to be analysed and the available staff resources. We politely request that clients bear this in mind and contact our department in good time.
Gorraiz, J & Gumpenberger, C (2015). A flexible bibliometric approach for the assessment of professorial appointments. Scientometrics, 105, Issue 3, pp 1699-1719;