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IUSSP Panel on Digital Demography

EPC 2022 preconference workshop:

Using bibliometric data in demographic research


Wednesday 29 June 2022
9:00 to 12:45 CET

7:00 UTC | 12:30 New Delhi | 15:00 Shanghai | 17:00 Canberra


The IUSSP Panel on Digital Demography is organizing this workshop as a hybrid event (on site in Groningen and online) at the European Population Conference 2022.

The workshop is offered for free but attendees, both online and onsite, must register in advance. (It is not necessary to register for EPC2022 to attend this workshop. This registration form is only for this particular workshop. It does not count as a registration for EPC2022 or any other preconference event.). 

  • Register to attend ON SITE (at the University of Groningen Heymans building (address: Grote Kruisstraat 2/1) – Maximum capacity: 70 attendees (to be allocated on a first come first served basis).


Target audience:

Postgraduate students, early career researchers, those interested in high-skilled and scholarly mobility/migration and those interested in science of science, bibliometrics, scientometrics and informetrics.


The aim of this workshop is to enable attendees to: 

  • Familiarize themselves with the availability of bibliometric data as a type of digital data and its potentials for demographic research
  • Familiarize themselves with the most commonly used and available bibliometric databases
  • Learn about pre-processing steps and handling bibliometric data, including: 

- Author/organisation name disambiguation 

- Gender identification

- Scholarly mobility and movement identification

  • Learn about practical applications of bibliometric data in demographic research, including:

- Use of some relevant scientometric indicators

- Calculation and use of demographic indicators (e.g., Crude Migration Intensity, Migration Effectiveness Index and the Aggregate Net Migration Rate)

- Network analysis of scientific collaborations

- Text analysis of bibliometric information

Structure of workshop (3 hours 45 minutes):

1. Overview of literature on using bibliometric data for demographic research and potential research projects (30 minutes)


2. Panel discussion (90 minutes) - invited speakers:

  • Emilio Zagheni, MPIDR: Benefits, strengths, weaknesses and pitfalls of using bibliometric data for demographic research
  • Andrea Miranda Gonzalez, UC-Berkeley: Internal migration in Mexico
  • Asli Ebru Sanlitürk, MPIDR: Brexit’s effect on scholarly migration to and from the UK
  • Maciej J. Dańko, MPIDR: Development and international scholarly migration
  • Tom Theile, MPIDR: Trends of return international migration worldwide
  • Xinyi Zhao, MPIDR: Gender perspective in international scholarly migration
  • Aliakbar Akbaritabar, MPIDR: Integrating internal and international scholarly migration worldwide

Followed by an open discussion between speakers and Q&A.

3. Introduction to available data sources, especially publicly available data (30 minutes)

4. Introduction to handling bibliometric data for demographic research: data retrieval, data pre-processing and repurposing based on research questions (60 minutes)

5. Conclusion and discussion of potential limitations and future directions of using bibliometric data in demographic research (15 minutes)