An information science research group developing software and methods to exploit Web-based sources for social sciences research. We research alternative metrics, scientometrics, link analysis, cybermetrics, webometrics, and sentiment analysis.
Our REF2014 evaluation by the UK Communication, Cultural & Media Studies, Library and Information Management research assessment panel gave an average score of 3.37 out of 4, which was joint 5th in the UK, with almost all of our research being rated "world leading" or "internationally excellent". The score for our submitted research outputs was the second highest in the country in this subject area (behind LSE). The research group score was higher than the institutional average score of all British universities (but lower than the Institute for Cancer Research score).
- Hyperlink analysis, social network analysis, Blog analysis, sentiment analysis, and web impact measurements particularly in research-related issues and as an aid to science measurement - we also investigate scientometrics.
- PhD supervision in cybermetrics, webometrics, informetrics and general social science research that includes a significant component of internet-based quantitative methods. In the UK research classification system, this is Library and Information Management. Non-native English speakers need IELTS 7.5 or higher.
Contact Mike Thelwall m.thelwall @ wlv.ac.uk for more information about (self-funded) Ph.D. places, collaboration or research project proposals.
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