BSc, MLIS, PhD (University College London, UK)
I am a Senior Lecturer at the School of Information 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 the area of scholarly communication. 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.
My teaching portfolio so far includes undergraduate and postgraduate subjects such as research methods, information architecture, information retrieval, XML, describing information resources, and information behaviour. At CSU my current teaching is mainly focused on subjects related to metadata, bibliographic standards and information organisation.