Dr. Dr. habil. Lutz Bornmann



works as a sociologist of science at the Division for Science and Innovation Studies in the Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society in Munich (Germany). Since the late 1990s, he has been working on issues in the promotion of young academics and scientists in the sciences and on quality assurance in higher education. His current research interests include research evaluation, peer review, bibliometrics, and altmetrics. He is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Informetrics (Elsevier), PLOS ONE, Scientometrics (Springer), and Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (Wiley). Furthermore he is senior associate editor at International Journal of Biomedical Science Editing (Kowsar) and advisory editorial board member of EMBO Reports (Nature Publishing group).

Since 2004, he has published more than 210 papers in journals covered by Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science with a total of more than 3300 citations. His h index amounts to 32 (the publication list and citation metrics are available at http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-3926-2008). Thomson Reuters (http://highlycited.com) lists him among the most-highly cited researchers worldwide over the last ten years.





Web pages


CRExplorer: A program for Reference Publication Year Spectroscopy (RPYS)


Web application which visualizes how successful universities or research-focused institutions collaborate


Web application which visualizes research excellence worldwide in several subject areas


Web application to calculate the single publication h index (and further metrics) based on Google Scholar


Which cities produce worldwide more excellent papers than can be expected?


The detection of "hot regions" in the geography of science


Mapping excellence in the geography of the sciences



Most recent publications (list of all publications)


Leydesdorff, L., Wouters, P., & Bornmann, L. (in press). Professional and Citizen Bibliometrics: Complementarities and ambivalences in the development and use of indicators. A state-of-the-art report. Scientometrics <preprint>


Leydesdorff, L., Comins, J. A., Sorensen, A. A., Bornmann, L., & Hellsten, I. (in press). Cited References and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) as Two Different Knowledge Representations: Clustering and Mappings at the Paper Level. Scientometrics <preprint>


Bornmann, L., Haunschild, R., & Marx, W. (in press). Policy documents as sources for measuring societal impact: How often is climate change research mentioned in policy-related documents? Scientometrics <preprint>


Marx, W. & Bornmann, L. (in press). Change of perspective: Bibliometrics from the point of view of cited references. A literature overview on approaches to the evaluation of cited references in bibliometrics. Scientometrics


Thor, A., Marx, W., Leydesdorff, L., & Bornmann, L. (in press). New features of CitedReferencesExplorer (CRExplorer). Scientometrics <preprint>


Bornmann, L. & Marx, W. (in press). The Impact Factor of journals and alternative metrics. EMBO Reports


Schlagberger, E. M., Bornmann, L., & Bauer, J. (in press). At what institutions did Nobel laureates do their prize-winning work? An analysis of biographical information on Nobel laureates from 1994 to 2014. Scientometrics


Bornmann, L. (in press). Measuring impact in research evaluations: A thorough discussion of methods for, effects of, and problems with impact measurements. Higher Education <preprint>


Bornmann, L. (in press). Is collaboration among scientists related to the citation impact of papers because their quality increases with collaboration? An analysis based on data from F1000Prime and normalized citation scores. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology <preprint>


Bornmann, L. & Haunschild, R. (in press). Relative Citation Ratio (RCR): An empirical attempt to study a new field-normalized bibliometric indicator. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology <preprint>


Mutz, R., Bornmann, L., & Daniel, H.-D. (in press). Funding decision-making systems: An empirical comparison of continuous and dichotomous approaches based on psychometric theory. Research Evaluation


Williams, R. & Bornmann, L. (in press). Sampling Issues in Bibliometric Analysis. Journal of Informetrics <preprint>


Haunschild, R., Bornmann, L., & Leydesdorff, L. (in press). Networks of reader and country status: An analysis of Mendeley reader statistics. PeerJ Computer Science <preprint>


Bornmann, L. & Haunschild, R. (in press). An Empirical Look at the Nature Index. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology <preprint>


Bornmann, L., Thor, A., Marx, W., & Schier, H. (in press). The application of bibliometrics to research evaluation in the humanities and social sciences: an exploratory study using normalized Google Scholar data for the publications of a research institute. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology <preprint>


Bornmann, L. & Haunschild, R. (in press). Overlay maps based on Mendeley data: The use of altmetrics for readership networks. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology <preprint>


Bauer, J., Leydesdorff, L. & Bornmann, L. (in press). Highly-cited papers in Library and Information Science (LIS): Authors, institutions, and network structures. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology <preprint>




Reviewer for journals


American Sociological Review, Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Archives of General Psychiatry, Asia Pacific Education Review, Aslib Journal of Information Management, Beiträge zur Hochschulforschung, BioEssays, BMC Medicine, BMC Medical Research Methodology, British Journal of Psychiatry, Chemistry Central Journal, Communications of the ACM, Conservation Biology, Croatian Medical Journal, Desalination and Water Treatment, Earth Science Informatics, EMBO Reports, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, European Journal of Neurology, European Science Editing, Europhysics Letters, Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Chemometrics, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, Journal of Economic Methodology, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Journal for Educational Research Online, Journal of Informetrics, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Library & Information Science Research, Minerva, Multivariate Behavioral Research, New Journal of Physics, PLoS ONE, Psychological Methods, Psychologische Rundschau, Research Evaluation, Research Policy, Roars Transactions, a Journal on Research Policy and Evaluation (RT), Science and Engineering Ethics, Science, Technology, and Human Values, Scientometrics, technovation, Zeitschrift für Evaluation, ZOOLOGIA


Reviewer for funding agencies


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Georgia National Science Foundation, U.S. National Science Foundation, Dutch Technology Foundation (STW)


Reviewer for conferences


Member of the programme committee for the ISSI 2011 conference in Durban, South Africa

Member of the programme committee for the ISSI 2013 conference in Vienna, Austria

Member of the programme committee for the ECCS'13 Satellite Workshop on Quantifying Success in Barcelona, Spain

Member of the programme committee for the 15th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI 2015) in Istanbul, Turkey

Member of the programme committee for the Science and Technology Indicators Conference 2015 (STI 2015) at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano



Postal address


Division for Science and Innovation Studies

Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society

Hofgartenstr. 8

D-80539 Munich





+49-170-9183667 (mobile)





lutzbornmann@gmail.com (priv.)


Member of


INCHER Kassel - International Center for Higher Education Research Kassel