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Bibliometrics at the NIH Library: a portfolio analysis of NHLBI publications (2008-2012)

Monday, September 22, 2014 — Poster Session I

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

FAES Academic Center



* FARE Award Winner


  • Y. Lu


Bibliometric indicators and analysis techniques are increasingly being used to assist in the evaluation of scientific research. Quantitative methods like bibliometrics are particularly useful for evaluating research by institutions like NIH that produce thousands of publications in numerous scientific disciplines. The NIH Library recently began offering bibliometric services to assist the NIH community in utilizing such methods for portfolio analysis. To demonstrate the Library’s bibliometric analysis capabilities, we analyzed 58,531 articles that were supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and published from 2008 to 2012. Our analysis focused on four themes: article production, collaboration, research topics, and citation impact. In doing so, we attempted to answer such questions as how many publications were produced with NHLBI support, which authors and institutions produced them, what the publications were about, and how valuable they have been to the scientific community. Our analysis not only provides insight into the recent publication portfolio of NHLBI, but also suggests a potential framework for performing bibliometric analyses at other institutes and centers at NIH.

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