Contributor biography

Mike Thelwall is Professor of Information Science and leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton, which he joined in 1989. He is also Docent at the Department of Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, and a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. His PhD was in Pure Mathematics from the University of Lancaster but he is now a social scientist focusing on quantitative methods. His research involves identifying and analysing social and general web phenomena using quantitative-led research methods, including text analysis, link analysis and sentiment analysis, and he pioneered an information science approach to link analysis. Mike has developed a wide range of tools for gathering and analysing web data for Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, blogs and the web in general. His 500+ publications include 278 refereed journal articles, 28 book chapters and three books, including Introduction to Webometrics. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology and sits on three other editorial boards. He led the Wolverhampton contribution to the EU funded projects Acumen, CyberEmotions RESCAR, CREEN, NetReAct, Rindicate and Wiser, and has been funded for research by JISC and non-profit organisations in the UK and Italy. He has also conducted evaluation contracts for the EC (several times), the UNDP (several times), the UNFAO and a UN university. He was a member of the UK’s independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment (2014–2015).