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SIGMETRICS is a listserv discussion group that covers bibliometrics, scientometrics and informetrics, but also metrics as related to the design and operation of Digital Libraries and other information systems interpreted broadly.

It is a Virtual Special Interest Group of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

We are interested in the issue of measurement of information generation, production, dissemination, and use. While we are interested in understanding the metrics of information broadly construed at the international level, we are equally interested in metrics of information of the organization, and metrics at the personal level as well. Academicians, practitioners, commercial providers, government representatives, and interested persons are welcome.

We maintain healthy relationships with related organizations such as the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics.

This listserv intends to accomplish several goals, using listserv technology: we are alerting participants to new resources (research articles, journals, editorials, web sites of organizations, software, conferences and other items); by the archive of these we are building a database of resources for the present and future use of students of the sub-discipline; by the membership list we are building a directory of scholars in the field; by the establishment of the community we are building a congenial place in which participants can ask questions of their colleagues.

We fully intend to exploit contemporary communications technologies in this quest for a congenial, scholarly electronic community. Please join us in this quest.

Subscribing To subscribe to SIGMETRICS, send a message to:

with nothing in the subject line and just this text in the message:

subscribe sigmetrics James T. Kirk

If you are not James T. Kirk, substitute your own name.

You may also subscribe via the Web at the web interface.


Unsubscribing To unsubscribe from SIGMETRICS, send a message to:

with nothing in the subject line and just this text in the message:

unsubscribe sigmetrics

Note that you do not have to include your name - the listserv software will figure out who you are from your e-mail header.

You may also ubsubscribe via the Web at the Web interface. Note that if you have changed accounts, this may not work.


Sending messages to the SIGMETRICS membership To send messages to the membership of the SIGMETRICS listserv, send a message to:

with an informative subject line and whatever you wish in the text of the message.


Old Accounts and Other Problems Sometimes you can't get to the account under which you first subscribed to SIGMETRICS. In that case, send an e-mail to and I'll delete the old subscription account and add the new one.

Moderation SIGMETRICS as of 30 April 2001 is not moderated, and anyone can post to the list, whether subscribed or not. The issue of moderation is a very difficult decision for the moderator: in the extreme, each message can be "approved" by the moderator before it is sent to the membership. Most moderators want to promote free and open discussion. If the community is moderated, messages may be delayed unless the moderator has her mail client turned on all of the time. On the other hand, moderation prevents potentially awkward messages from reaching the entire group: an invitation to lunch, a response to a questionnaire, a recapitulation of one's personal history.

Lists have also had a problem of spam: irrelevant messages touting the latest in chopping knives or framed photographs of Julius Caesar. If these persist on this list, various measures will be taken to insure relevant messages.

For now, the list is open.


Editorial policy Bibliographic records, articles, web resources, and other news items of interest are routinely forwarded to the list, at a rate of approximately 4-6 items per week as they become available. Bibliographic notes from established databases are included as relevant.

Web resources are included when they are formal, documented resources. Papers without dates of creation and/or update, author affiliation and contact information, statement of context (directly, or indirectly through a link to the main conference page, for example), are omitted. Student work is welcomed, although it must be noted as such and the context included (term paper, or dissertation e.g.). Items such as educational program announcements may be included if clearly documented. Lecture notes, unless substantial, may be omitted. Commercial advertisements generally are omitted.


Archives The archives are accessible at

SIGMETRICS Statistics As of 30 April 2001, the SIGMETRICS listserv included 256 members, and representatives from 34 countries (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, and US) according to participant domain names. 127 participants have country-specific domain names, 129 are with the .edu (65), .com (41), .net, .org, .gov, and .mil domains.

Listserv Resources The Moderator's Home Page
The Listserv Home Page
Discussion Lists: Mailing List Manager Commands

Listowner The listowner ofSIGMETRICS can be reached at:
Dr. Gretchen Whitney, School of Information Sciences, 804 Volunteer Blvd., University of Tennessee-Knoxville, TN 37996. Tel 865-974-7919; Fax 865-974-4967.

Translations from AltaVista Translation Service.

Page updated 30 April 2001.