Mike Thelwall is Professor of Information Science and leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, which he joined in 1989. He was formerly Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. His PhD is in Pure Mathematics from the University of Lancaster. His current research field includes identifying and analysing web phenomena using quantitative-lead research methods, primarily web link analysis and blog analysis, and he promotes an information science approach for link analysis. Mike has developed a wide range of free tools for gathering and analysing web data, including the research web crawler SocSciBot and software for statistical and topological analyses of web structures (LexiURL, SocSciBot Tools) and site and blog content (Cyclist, Mozdeh).

His publications include over a hundred refereed journal articles, four book chapters and a book (Link analysis: An information science approach), and he sits on six journal editorial boards including that of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Research interests

webmetrics, cybermetrics, blogs, Web 2.0, scientometrics

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, June 2007 – November 2019


Past projects

  • Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Mike Thelwall, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Christine Madsen, Dr Kathryn Eccles

    This project combined quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources and to develop a best practices toolkit that allows assessment of the impact of digitisation projects by researchers and funding bodies.