PhD Studentship

University of Wolverhampton - Research Institute of Information and Language Processing

Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

A PhD studentship position has become available in Grey Literature Research Impact

The Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group ( of the University of Wolverhampton invites applications for a 3 year University of Wolverhampton PhD studentship in the area of grey literature research impact.

This PhD is hosted by the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton. Most of the group’s research was categorised as “World leading” in the most recent research evaluation (REF2014). It is a small but vibrant team with a high success rate for PhD students. Applications from underrepresented groups are welcome.

The proposed topic of PhD research will be looking at Grey literature research impact: Annual reports, white papers, regulations, statistics, guidelines, government and UN documents which are frequently helpful in research. They may be cited by academic publications or their references may be used as evidence of the impact of academic research. Although the grey literature is starting to be used on an ad-hoc basis in research assessment, systematic evidence of their value and appropriate uses is needed. 

This PhD will use quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate online grey literature publications from national and international organisations relevant to healthcare, business, or the environment.

This is a funded bursary which will consist of a stipend towards living expenses (£14,500 per year) and remission of fees.

Entry requirements

A successful applicant must have:

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in Library and Information Science or a related field with strong quantitative background
  • Good understanding of statistics

Application procedure

To apply please email a:

  • Curriculum vitae listing degrees awarded, courses covered and marks obtained, publications, relevant experience and names of two referees who could be contacted for a reference
  • Cover letter with statement of research interests, outlining why you are interested in this PhD position/topic, how you plan to approach the research task and why you consider your experience to be relevant.

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