Peter Ingwersen

PhD (Merc.)

  • A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, A, acm15

    2450 København SV


1979 …2018

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Research profile

Graduated as Librarian from the Royal School of LIS (RSLIS), Copenhagen, Denmark, 1973. Ph.D. , Copenhagen Business School, 1991.
1981-84 I joined the Online Service staff of the Information Retrieval Service, the European Space Agency (ESA-IRS), Frascati, Italy, as ESA Research Fellow.
After return to Denmark I organized and became Head of the M.Sc. program in Library and Information Science at RSLIS 1990-93. From 1993 I became Head of the Department of Information Retrieval Theory, in 1999 merged with the Department of Information Studies.
Simultaneously, I was senior researcher at the Centre for Informetric Studies (CIS), RSLIS, 1996-2000. From January 2001 I became Research Professor in Information Science and was called as Full Professor in 2006. I retired as Professor Emeritus 2010 from RSLIS, now merged with University of Copenhagen.
Visiting or Adjunct Professor (more than 4 weeks) at Rutgers University, USA, 1987; keio University, Tokio, Japan, 1996; University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, 1997; Tampere University, Finland, 1999-2002; Shanghai Library and China Academy of Science, China, 2003 & 2008; National Centre for Science Information, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India 2010. Professor II at Oslo University College, Norway, 2010-13.
Invited to hold the Chair of Excellence, for six months 2011-12 at University Carlos III Madrid, Spain.

Honored by the degree Dr. Ph., Honoris Causa in 2010 by the Information Science Faculty of University of Tampere, in 2014 the degree of Dr. Pol. Sc., Honoris Causa by Åbo Akademi University, both in Finland, and in 2015 the degree of Dr., Honoris Causa by the University Carlos III Madrid, Spain.

Awards and Scientific Prices: 

2016 ASIS&T Award of Merit, in recognition of his contributions to Information Science and his international mentorship over four decades.

2015 Tony Kent Strix Award in recognition of his major and sustained contributions to the field of
information retrieval

2009 ASIST LA Chapter CISTA Award for continuos Contributions to Information Science and

2007 ASIST Outstanding Teacher Award, for his international curriculum development and teaching in  Information Science.

2005 Derek de Solla Price Medal, for his research in Scientometrics and Webometrics.

2005 Thomson Award of Research Excellence, as the most internationally cited Danish Social Science researcher.

2003 ASIST Research Award, for work on cognitive approaches to Information Retrieval research.

1994 ASIS, New Jersey Chapter Distinguish Lectureship Award.

1993 Jason Farradane Award (UK) by the Institute for Informatio Scientists.

Personal Website with all publications, many in full text for download and detailed CV, covering 1982-2017:

Education/Academic qualification

Information Science, PhD (Merc.), Copenhagen Business School

Award Date: 22 Jun 1991

External positions

Professor Emeritus, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen

1 Jul 2010 → …


  • Media Research
  • information behavior
  • information retrieval
  • research analysis
  • scientometrics
  • scientific communication

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Research Output

Becoming Metric-Wise. A Bibliometric Guide for Researchers, Ronald Rousseau, Leo Egghe and Raf Guns, Elsevier/Chandos Publishing (2018). 385 pages

Ingwersen, P., Aug 2018, In : Journal of Informetrics. 12, 3, p. 703-705 3 p.

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  • Smart City Research 1990-2016

    Ingwersen, P. & Serrano-López, A. E., 1 Nov 2018, In : Scientometrics. 117, 2, p. 1205-1236 32 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    106 Downloads (Pure)

    To Phrase or Not to Phrase – Impact of User versus System Term Dependence upon Retrieval

    Lioma, C., Larsen, B. & Ingwersen, P., 1 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Data and Information Management. 2, 1, p. 1-14 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 77 Downloads (Pure)

    Wind power research in Wikipedia: Does Wikipedia demonstrate direct influence of research publications and can it be used as adequate source in research evaluation?

    Serrano-López, A. E., Ingwersen, P. & Sanz-Casado, E., 1 Sep 2017, In : Scientometrics. 112, 3, p. 1471-1488 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • 11 Citations (Scopus)

    Taking scholarly books into account: current developments in five European countries

    Giménez-Toledo, E., Mañana-Rodríguez, J., Engels, T. C. E., Ingwersen, P., Pölönen, J., Sivertsen, G., Verleysen, F. T. & Zuccala, A. A., 1 May 2016, In : Scientometrics. 107, 2, p. 685-699 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • 39 Citations (Scopus)


    ASIS&T Award of Merit

    Ingwersen, Peter (Recipient), 16 Nov 2016

    Prize: Research, education and innovation prizes

  • Dr. Honoris Causa

    Ingwersen, Peter (Recipient), 30 Jan 2015

    Prize: Honorary prizes and appointments

  • Tony Kent Strix Award

    Ingwersen, Peter (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Research, education and innovation prizes

  • Dr. Pol. Sc., Honoris Causa

    Ingwersen, Peter (Recipient), 23 May 2014

    Prize: Honorary prizes and appointments

    Chair of Excellence

    Ingwersen, Peter (Recipient), 1 Oct 2011

    Prize: Scholarships