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Dr. Ilan Alon (PhD, Kent State University, USA) is Professor of Strategy and International Marketing at the University of Agder. Prior to that he also had research positions at Harvard University, Georgetown University (USA) and University of International Business and Economics (China). Alon is a researcher in the field of international business with a focus on internationalization, modes of entry, political risk, cultural intelligence and emerging markets.

Ilan Alon publications have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Management International Review, International Business Review, Journal of International Marketing, International Marketing Review and others.  His books were published by Palgrave, Routledge, McGraw-Hill among other imprints. In addition to being a professor, Alon is the Head of International Affairs for the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder and leader of the Emerging Markets research group.  He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Emerging Markets and the European Journal of International Management. Ilan Alon has worked with government bodies, non-profit organizations, multinational companies and international association on various projects ranging from capacity development at the macro level to international business development at the firm or project level. Clients include USAID, illy, Darden, Disney, and others.

Dr. Ziaul Haque Munim (PhD, University of Agder, Norway) is Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics at the University of South-Eastern Norway. He pursued PhD degree in International Management from the University of Agder, and M.Sc in Supply Chain Management from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His main research interests include maritime economics and logistics, forecasting, supply chain management and research methods. He has extensive training in Global Transport Challenges from the University of Oxford and, in Structural Equation Modelling from the University of Cambridge and the University of Oslo. Dr Munim received the Palgrave Macmillan Best Paper Award at the IAME 2016 in Hamburg and, the KLU Young Researcher Best Paper Award at the IAME 2018 in Mombasa. He authored several studies using bibliometric analysis tools and techniques. His publications have appeared in leading journals such as Journal of Business Research, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, and others. He serves as a Senior Editor in the International Journal of Emerging Markets and a Co-Editor in the Maritime Economist magazine.



On successful completion of the course/programme, the candidate should be able to:

  • Know the major literature review classifications and their expected outcomes;
  • Learn about key bibliometric analysis techniques (e.g. co-citation) and tools (e.g. bibliometrix package);
  • Reveal the main streams of research and theories of their area of interest (construct, phenomenon, or theory) from bibliometric review;
  • Understand the key success factors of publishing a bibliometric literature review;
  • Identify research gaps and future research agenda from bibliometric analysis;
  • Write a research paper with a goal of submission to a refereed outlet.


This is a course designed for PhD students who wish to better understand their field of research and gaps in the literature.  The course will teach you how to make a contribution to your field based on a bibliometric literature review. Students will be asked to read a variety of published bibliometric articles, review a bibliometric study in a refereed journal, and produce one of their own based on their research interests, to be discussed and approved by the professors. Published professors and editors will guide you through a publishable paper proposal and will help you position yourself as a scholar/researcher in your field.


Deliverable: Submit to an academic conference/journal,
Deadline: TBD


Teaching in the PhD program is discussion-based and requires students to listen to all lectures, do the exercises beforehand, and deeply read all of the articles before starting with online lectures. Students should identify the contribution of each paper, the methods, the strengths and weaknesses, the data, the conclusion and the ways in which the paper can be extended.


SCHEDULE: December 1-15, 2020
The programme content is delivered over the 2 weeks .

Lecture: Online

Session 1 (Dec 1, 2020): Syllabus and introduction to bibliometrics (Online)

Live session via ZOOM (Course structure, workload and expected outcomes, 60 minutes) 
Lecture Part 1-Concepts (56 +60 minutes)

Concepts in literature reviews 

  • What is bibliometrics? 
  • Type of bibliometrics information 
  • Planning a bibliometric analysis
  • Bibliometric methods and expected outcomes 
  • Structure of citation metrices 
  • Databases and software selection 
  • Pros and cons of different software

Task 1: Quiz test
Lessons from experience 

Lecture Part 2-Download software (13 + 120 minutes)

How to install bibliometric softwares 
How to install R-Studio 
Task 2: Install required software (120.00)

Session 2 (Dec 2, 2020): Publishing bibliometric studies (Online)

Lecture Part 3

  • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Publishing literature reviews
  • Publishing bibliometric reviews
  • Reviewing review papers
  • Literature review matrix (video forthcoming)

Task 3: Student assigned a relevant bibliometric literature review

  • What is the contribution? Research questions?
  • How does the technique answer the research questions?
  • How is the technique applied?
  • What are the unique elements of the papers?
  • What can the paper improve?
  • Can someone write another review on the topic and if so what can be the angle of contribution, research gap?

Session 3 (Dec 3, 2020): Extract bibliography data (Online)

Lecture Part 4-Databases (26 + 240 minutes)

  • Extracting data from WOS 
  • Extracting data from Scopus 
  • Data extraction for a discipline (e.g. management studies)
  • Data extraction for a journal domain (e.g. marketing journals)
  • Data extraction for a journal (e.g. IJOEM)
  • Data extraction for a theory (e.g. RBV)
  • Data extraction for a method (e.g. SEM)
  • Data extraction for a works of a renowned scholar (e.g. Ilan Alon)
  • Task 4: Extract your bibliography data from WoS/Scopus (240.00)


Session 4 (Dec 10, 2020)): Bibliometrics in practice (Online)

For each of the tasks, please extract your results in a Word or PowerPoint file. 

Lecture Part 5-HistCite (32 + 60 minutes)

Citation analysis using HistCite -1 
Citation analysis using HistCite -2 
Citation analysis using HistCite -3 

Task 5: Test your extracted data in HistCite (60.00)

Lecture Part 6-VOSviewer (11 + 60 minutes)

Citation network analysis using VosViewer 

Task 6: Test your extracted data in VOSviewer (60.00)

Lecture Part 7- CiteSpace

Visualization and trend analysis in CiteSpace (video)

Task 7: Test your extracted data in CiteSpace

Lecture Part 8-Biblioshiny (22 + 60 minutes)

Advanced analysis with biblioshiny 

Task 8: Test your extracted data in Biblioshiny (60.00)
Bonus: Bibliometrix R package for coders 

Session 5 (Dec 15, 2020): Collective and One-on-One Feedback (Online: zoom session)

Task 9: Present a published bibliometric review study (assigned)

Preparing bibliometric results for a manuscript (video)

Task 10: Present preliminary results (student’s bibliometric results)

Students submit course paper to an appropriate conference or journal



From a student on the EDEN Seminar on Bibliometric Literature Analysis - Janury 9-15, 2020

Great course! Bright professors and students. During the course we also had an opportunity to conduct and present our own research and we got very insightful feedback. I would recommend the course not only to those who are interested  in bibliometric analysis, but also to 1st and 2nd year PhD student who would benefit enormously from bibliometric tools (e.g.  exploration of relevant sources and articles ) even if their focus is not bibliometric analysis itself.


Interested doctoral students should register online (and add the required documents) no later than October 1, 2020. Besides doctoral students, other researchers may participate. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the following documents which should necessarily complement each application form:

  • the applicant’s curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research ;
  • a letter of recommendation of his/her local faculty supporting the application ;
  • a two-page description of his/her doctoral research, indicating the general objectives.


Upon successful completion of the seminar , the participants will be given a certificate of attendance and granted

- 5 ECTS with paper
- 4 without paper



The participation fee is 900 € (VAT exempt). 

The Institute offers a reduction of the participation fee per member institution. These scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

Cancellations made before November 1, 2020 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.


The seminar will be held at the ONLINE.
The programme content is delivered over 2 weeks from  December 1, 2020 to December 15, 2020




For more information, please contact:
The EDEN Team
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69
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