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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Benchmarking Drexel University Research

The Drexel Science and Math Librarian (Peggy Dominy) and the IST/Education Librarian (Tim Siftar) presented the poster entitled “Benchmarking the Research Impact of Drexel University through Analysis of Citations in the Scholarly Literature 1994-2004.”

The research examined the citations per article published by Drexel faculty in six disciplines over a period of ten years, as compared to citations per article of faculty at a set of benchmark technologically-oriented universities. The rate of citations showed that Drexel compares favorably to its benchmark institutions, and in all cases performs above the average for the disciplines in which it ranked above the minimum publication threshold.

The citation data for this poster came from a subset of the Thomson-ISI “Web of Science” database that is sold as a separate product called “Essential Science Indicators” to which the Library had a trial subscription.

The poster was well received and stimulated many discussions on the role citations play in measuring the intellectual output of faculty and universities as a whole. Faculty were keen to pick up the brightly colored handouts that listed the Drexel authors of the most highly cited papers in the six disciplines of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Social Science and Clinical Medicine.

The poster itself is available at the following URL:

Questions about the research or using the Web of Science? Email or

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Scholarly Communication Speaker Series

Scholarly Communication: Does Open Access Increase Authors’ Citation Rates?

Want your articles cited more? Is Open Access the answer?

Kristin Antelman, Associate Director for Information Technology at NCSU Libraries and author of “Do Open Access Articles Have Greater Research Impact?” College & Research Libraries 65:5 (2004), will address these questions and more when she speaks on Thursday, April 28, 2005 from 3-5 p.m. in Hagerty Library, Stern Conference Room, third floor (33rd and Market Streets).

Antelman will report on a study that looked at articles in four disciplines at varying stages of adoption of open access—philosophy, political science, electrical and electronic engineering and mathematics—to see whether they have a greater impact when their authors make them freely available on the Internet. She will also look at emerging research into open access and citation rates and its implications for open-access-related services that are designed to appeal to authors.

This lecture is part of the Scholarly Communication Speaker Series sponsored by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and Drexel University Libraries. The event is open to students, faculty and staff. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit or contact Peggy Dominy at