Knowledge E | 14th November 2017: Bibliometrics for International University Rankings (Egyptian Knowledge Bank), Cairo, Egypt

14th November 2017: Bibliometrics for International University Rankings (Egyptian Knowledge Bank), Cairo, Egypt

Start Date: November 14, 2017

End Date: November 14, 2017

Venue: Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt


The course will be instructive but also include a hands-on element so users can practice bibliometric analytical techniques with real 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.

This course will aim to provide participants with a greater understating of:

  • Bibliometrics: Case studies from around the world
  • Commonly used bibliometric methods and indicators
  • Controversy and the limitations of bibliometrics
  • What data sources are available for bibliometric studies and their pros and cons
  • Normalisation and article-level indicators
  • Different counting methods, (fractional and whole)
  • A look at non journal-based university indicators
  • Special cases: the curious case of the arts and humanities
  • Trends in the role of altmetrics and economic indicators in research evaluation
  • University rankings: Methodologies, data sources and coverage
Pre-Requisites for Registration
  • Prior to attending this course, participants should fit one of the following criteria:Research staff should already hold a PhD and be actively involved in conducting and publishing research
  • Participants from the IT department should be actively involved in research data collection for a management system or institutional data analysis for rankings
  • Library staff should be actively or preparing to provide ongoing training and advice on publication strategy to the researchers


This course is ideal for:

  • Senior university managers: with responsibility for strategic planning, public reporting, funding allocation or other interest in benchmarking and university rankings
  • Government bodies tracking their country’s performance compared with international peer countries
  • Library and information professionals who need a deeper understanding of the indicators used by the various bodies that evaluate research publication and citation performance and to what extent they can support their faculty’s performance through proactive publication strategy
  • All active researchers involved in writing research papers, applying for funding grants and reporting performance indicators to management


Philip J. Purnell
(M.Sc.) Neuroscience
Director – Research & Publishing Services, Knowledge E

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.