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Guest talk

Dr. Thed van Leeuwen

(Leiden University, The Netherlands)

Application of Bibliometrics in Research Assessment of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law

In the presentation we will discuss a number of issues related to the application of bibliometric analysis in research assessment contexts, particular when it comes to the evaluation of scholarly activity in the social sciences, the humanities, and law (SSH&L). The issues we will discuss relate to the language of publications and coverage issues, which play a role while discussing the application of bibliometrics in the assessment of research and scholarly activity in the SSH&L. From a wider international perspective, we will further focus on German research performance in the social sciences, humanities, and law, over a period of nearly 30 years how coverage issues and language of publication have influenced scholarly activity and the international visibility of research output in these domains when written in German.

A next topic we will discuss relates to the application of metrics based upon citation analysis. More specifically we will focus on different function references have in the field of historical research, and the consequences this difference has in the light of research assessment in that field when discussing classical bibliometric techniques. Finally, when there is some time left, we will discuss the problems of the two most often used bibliometric indicators, the Journal Impact Factor and h-index as indicators representative of a certain publication culture, and as such not applicable in SSH&L.

Thed van Leeuwen is senior researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University in the Netherlands and the leader of the working group on the development of bibliometric indicators for the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and Law. He obtained his PhD degree in Quantitative Sciences Studies at the University of Leiden. His scientific publications focus on issues related with respect to application of bibliometrics in policy contexts. Next to his position in CWTS he is also contributing to the working group Evaluation Practices in Context (EPIC), particularly based upon his experience in the policy realm of bibliometric studies. Recently he has been also involved in the discussion on Open Access publishing, particularly of interest for the Netherlands.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 4.00–5.30 p.m. | Vogelpothsweg 78 (CDI building), room 114
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education


Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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