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Visualizing Forensic Publication Impacts and Collaborations: Presenting at a Scientific Venue Leads to Increased Collaborations between Researchers and Information Professionals



Susan L. Makar, Amanda J. Malanowski, Kathleen A. Rapp


The Information Services Office (ISO) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) proactively sought out an opportunity to present the findings of a study that showed the impact of NIST’s forensic research output to its internal customers and outside researchers at a Forensics@NIST Symposium in December 2014. ISO analyzed the impact of NIST’s peer-reviewed forensic journal literature through citation analysis and network visualizations. The findings of this study were compiled into a poster that was presented during the Forensics@NIST Symposium. ISO’s study informed the forensic research community where NIST has had some of the greatest impact. This paper describes the methodology used to assess the impact of NIST’s forensic publications and shares the results, outcomes, and impacts of ISO’s study and poster presentation. This methodology is adaptable and applicable to other research fields and to other libraries.
Science & Technology Libraries


bibliometrics, data visualizations, forensics literature, impact assessment, publication collaborations, publication impacts
Created May 24, 2016, Updated January 27, 2020