The library of Wageningen University and Research (Wageningen UR Library) has been involved in bibliometric analyses of various of the institution’s research groups since 2003. A service to facilitate the calculation of advanced bibliometric indicators was implemented on top of the university’s bibliographic database in 2009. We are therefore able to prepare the bibliometric analyses, for any unit of Wageningen UR all the way down to the level of the individual researchers at any moment. Over the subsequent years these bibliometric analyses have become a mandatory requirement in the standard preparation for any research assessment exercise at Wageningen UR. This service has improved the awareness of the universities bibliographic database and the (OA) repository amongst the research staff of Wageningen UR tremendously. By performing these analyses Wageningen UR library has gained itself a reputation amongst our research staff as the experts in the field of bibliometrics within our university. It has provided us with ample opportunities to liaise with our research staff. In the advance of external peer reviews the library is asked to explain the methodological approaches followed in these analyses. When the reports have been drafted our expertise is consulted with a view to present the bibliometric results in the best possible way for the external peers, and after the moment the reviews have been concluded we are consulted with the question how groups or persons can optimise their publication strategy with a view to enhance their citation impact. Publication strategy has been integrated in courses aimed at PhD students, taught by the library, to raise their awareness of research assessment exercises and the way these are performed. For libraries the field of bibliometrics forms a logical extension of new services to be provided in the arena of the changing information profession.
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