Citation, Journal Impact Factor, H-index: Their Meaning and Impact on Researchers and Institutions

Date: 19 & 20 August 2015
Facilitator: Dr. Szarina Abdullah – Ph.D. Information & Library Science (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), M.L.S. (Hawaii), B.A. Honours (Chulalongkorn)
Venue: Ancasa Hotel & Spa, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Kuala Lumpur
Coordinates: (Hotel GPS Coordinates: 3.145029, 101.699293)

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Target Audience and Topics

This workshop is intended for researchers, lecturers, librarians, and information professionals interested in the following topics and issues:

  • The significance of citations to scholarly publications and universities
  • How citations are created
  • How to conduct research and publish articles that attract citations
  • The relationship and differences among citations, journal impact factors, h-index
  • How to track citations and h-index of publications, scientists, universities
  • Which is more important to you: getting citations to your article or getting your article published in a high impact journal?
  • How you can improve the accuracy of your citation count
  • How to differentiate the uniqueness and overlap of citation data from various databases.

Workshop Delivery

The two-day workshop is interactive. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions, engage in discussions and do online search throughout the workshop. Participants may bring their laptop to take advantage of the Wi-Fi facility at the venue.


Time Day 1 (19 August 2015 )
Day 2 (20 August 2015)
0800-0855 Registration Registration
  • Knowledge production – a characteristics of advanced nations
  • The significance of citations in scholarly works
  • Introduction to Bibliometrics, Citation analysis, Scientometrics, Cybermetrics, Webometrics, Altmetrics
  • The use and misuse of citation, JIF, and h-index
  • The significance of data sources: their authority, validity, and reliability
1000-1020 Refreshments Refreshments
  • Research, Publication, Citation, and Nobel Laureates
  • Citations as a measure of intellectual influence
  • Seminal works associating citations with quality research
  • The use of citations in evaluating journals: Journal Impact Factor (JIF), Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
  • The use of citations in evaluating individual researchers, departments, universities, countries: H-Index
Exercises and hands-on

  • Comparing different data sources and different outputs
  • Data verification from various sources: ThomsonISI, Scopus, Google Scholar
1245-1400  Lunch Lunch
  • The use of citations in evaluating research performance
  • Current methods in world university ranking: Criteria for a Research University in Malaysia
    • Times Higher Education (THE)
    • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
    • QS World University Ranking
  • Criteria for a Research University in Malaysia
Exercises and hands-on

  • How to prevent miscounting of your publications and citations
1530-1550 Refreshments Refreshments
  • Research and publications that attract high citations
  • Characteristics of highly cited articles

End of Day 1

Exercises and hands-on

  • The importance of consistencies in the authors’ byline of publications
  • Variations of authors’ names, affiliations, journal sources
  • Overlap and duplication among various databases
  • Certificate Presentation & Group Photography

End of Workshop

Registration Fee (Without Accommodation):

  • Early Bird Registration (before/on 31 July 2015)                          RM     850  – 1 participant
  • Early Bird Registration (before/on 31 July 2015)                          RM 1,670  – 2 participants
  • Early Bird Registration (before/on 31 July 2015)                          RM 2,460  – 3 participants
  • Early Bird Registration (before/on 31 July 2015)                          RM 3,220  – 4 participants


  • Normal Registration (after 31 July 2015)                                         RM   890 – 1 participant
  • Normal Registration (after 31 July 2015)                                         RM 1,750 – 2 participants
  • Normal Registration (after 31 July 2015)                                         RM 2,580 – 3 participants
  • Normal Registration (after 31 July 2015)                                         RM 3,380 – 4 participants

Last Day to Register: 14 August 2015


For enquiries, please contact:

Aliza (019-244 8983) or Ayati (019-708 5435) or e-mail

For enquiries on how to get to Ancasa Hotel & Spa, Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2026 6060, Web:

(Near UTC Pudu Sentral, LRT Plaza Rakyat, Chinatown-Petaling Street, Central Market, Kotaraya)

  • The registration fee covers workshop materials, lunches and refreshments.
  • All cancellations must be notified in writing five (5) working days before the event date; otherwise the workshop fee will be billed to your organisation.
  • The organiser reserves the right to amend the programme, facilitator, date and venue of the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
  • For Government agencies, Wisdom Synergy accepts Local Order (LO) for payment processing.
  • For payment through cheques, please make cheques payable to “Wisdom Synergy Enterprise”
  • For payment via telegraphic transfer, please indicate your organisation name in the payment details.

Account Details:

Name of Bank: Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad
Address of Bank: Cawangan Shah Alam, Tingkat Bawah, Wisma Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Selangor (PKPS), Seksyen 14, Persiaran Perbandaran, 40675 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Account No.: 12038010084361