The object of bibliometrics, explains Andres (methodology for the behavioral sciences, U. of Barcelona), is to assess scientific literature in a given field, and so is applicable to a wide range of disciplines. She describes here the main analytic methods used in bibliometric studies. She covers descriptive analyses, author production, journal productivity, scientific collaborations, and author and journal citation analysis. Final sections discuss miscellaneous considerations, among them impact factor and other impact indices, the Hirsch index, Scopus and Google Scholar, and the current position of multidisciplinary databases. Distributed in North America by Neal-Schuman. Annotation c2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ana Andres teaches psychometrics in the Psychology Faculty at the University of Barcelona, Spain.