Knowledge E | 13th March 2016, Peer Review and Bibliometrics Course, Al Maktoum Medical Library, Dubai

13th March 2016, Peer Review and Bibliometrics Course, Al Maktoum Medical Library, Dubai

Start Date: March 13, 2016

End Date: March 13, 2016

Venue: Al Maktoum Medical Library, Dubai



This course is ideal for:

  • Library and information professionals who need a deeper understanding of the different kinds of peer review and citation analysis of both individual researchers and journals
  • Early to mid-­‐career researchers who aim to increase their publications by smoothly navigating the peer-­‐review process, and who seek to harness their academic profile by understanding citation indicators
  • Research managers with responsibility for funding allocation or interest in citation impact and benchmarking individual researchers


The course will be instructive but also include a hands-­‐on element so users can practice citation analysis with real-­‐life cases and sample bibliometrics data. There is a strong emphasis on openness and interaction so participants will have the opportunity to put their own points of view or to address specific questions concerning them either with the group or privately. There will be a series of short lectures with breaks for questions, comments and input from participants and some practical sessions. In order to make the most of the course, people are encouraged to come prepared with questions specific to their role.


Part 1 – Peer Review

  • What is Peer Review?
  • The Peer Review Process
  • Benefits of Publishing in Peer Reviewed  Journals

Part 2 – Bibliometrics

  • Introduction to Bibliometrics
  • The Importance of Being Cited
  • Common Citation Indicators including h-­‐Index and Journal Impact factor


As the number of researchers and great ideas for new projects proliferates and budgets become increasingly strained, emphasis is shifting towards improved methods of evaluation which fall essentially into two categories; the first is qualitative peer review and the second is quantitative bibliometric analysis. Most scholars agree that peer review is the most valid and accurate method of evaluating research proposals and academic papers and the first part of this course will be dedicated to looking at the process by which manuscripts are reviewed before appearing as publications in a scholarly journal.

The second part of the course will look at the benefits of publishing in a peer-­‐reviewed journal and introduce the quantitative method of evaluating these articles, namely bibliometrics. Recent controversy surrounding indicators such as the Journal Impact Factor and the h-­‐Index will be discussed and unraveled.


philip purnell

Philip Purnell graduated from the Institute of Psychiatry, London and then went on  to  hold  a research post at the Max-­‐Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany specialising in autoimmune diseases followed by several years in the pharmaceutical industry.

He subsequently held various roles in the scientific, technical and  medical  publishing  sector  in Europe and the Middle East. Philip has advised universities, research institutes,  governments  and funding bodies across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia on strategies to improve  their research output, performance and ranking. He has also studied the underlying  publication  and citation data used in bibliometric studies and university rankings that he has communicated through workshops, lectures and publications in more than 20 countries.

Philip has recently founded the Research Division of Knowledge E, a Middle East based information provider and knowledge strategy consultancy that offers a series of master classes for the research community covering writing, researching, speaking and publishing skills.