In memory of Judit Bar-Ilan.

Ranked #1 in the world for average research impact in 2017 and 2018 and 2019 (joint) in the Shanghai rankings.

Book: La web social como nuevo medio de comunicación y evaluación científica by Amalia Mas-Bleda and Isidro Aguillo

Book: Web indicators for research evaluation: A practical guide.

Book: Altmetrics for Information Professionals – Past, Present and Future by Kim Holmberg

Book: Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals by David Stuart

Book: Big data and social web research methods [free in-progress draft copy].


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, social media images, and sentiment analysis.

Although all ranking schemes are flawed, we are ranked #1 in the world for the average scientific impact (CNCI) of our research in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for Library & Information Science 2017 and again in 2018 and again in 2019 (joint).

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 in this subject area, 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 also higher than the institution-wide average score of every single British university.

Contact Mike Thelwall m.thelwall @ for more information about (self-funded) Ph.D. places, collaboration or research project proposals.

Impressed with David Stuart's book, Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals

See a web environment network of this web site.

Doctoral/research forum and speaker timetable