BSc, MLIS, PhD (University College London, UK)
I am an Associate Professor and currently Associate Head (Learning and Teaching) of the School of Information and Communication Studies. I received my PhD in Information Science from University College London (UCL). I have a BSc in Medical LIS and an MA in LIS. Previously I was an Associate professor at Kharazmi University (Iran) and a senior consultant of CIBER Research Ltd (UK). I have published widely on topics related to information behaviour and scholarly communication in different journals including JASIST, Scientmetrics, JIS, JDoc, IP&M and several other journals.
My research interests focus broadly on two areas of scholarly communication, and libraries. Scholarly communication is about how scholars in different fields use and disseminate information through formal and informal channels, the growth of scholarly information, and the information needs and use of individual user groups. It also covers the evaluation of research and bibliometrics which simply means applying quantitative methods to procedures, artefacts and concepts in scholarly communication, mainly formal communication. I am interested in studying variables and factors that can contribute to the impact of research activities. In the past I have done research, using different qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods designs, on open access, repositories, publishing and depositing behaviour of scholars, collaboration, article writing, use of social media in research, reputation building and impact of interdisciplinary research.
I also have interest in research on libraries and their users. Information use and behaviour of users, the impact of COVID on public libraries and implication for their services are among topics of my past or current projects. Some of the recent projects I have been involved in are listed below.
My current teaching is mainly focused on subjects related to metadata and information organisation. However, my teaching portfolio so far includes undergraduate and postgraduate subjects such as research methods, information architecture, information retrieval, XML, describing information resources, information behaviour, and data analytics.
Co-supervisor: Hossein Beydokhti, Relationship between the level of evidence in therapeutic articles and citation impact, completed in 2019 at Kharazmi University of Tehran.
I am an active member of Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and an Associate Member of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). I am also a member of the editorial board of the following journals: