Péter Jacsó


Library & Information Science Program
Information & Computer Sciences Department
Hamilton Library 2A
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-5817
Fax: (808) 956-5835
jacso (at) hawaii (dot) edu


Doctorate in Political Science and Jurisprudence, 1979, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Systems Analysis, 1984, International Computer Educational & Information Center, Budapest

MLIS, 1994, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Hawaii

Professional Background

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Rosary College, River Forest, IL

Visiting Associate Professor, School of Library Services, Columbia University, New York, NY

Director of the Computer Science Library & Information Center, International Computer Education and Information Center, Budapest

Fields of Interest

Citation Indexing & Analysis
Digital Librarianship
Database Design and Evaluation
Online Information Systems
Database Publishing
Digital Copyright

Current Research Interests

Theory and Practice of Citation Indexing & Journal Impact Factor Calculation

Citation-based Subject Searching

Scholarly Publishing Productivity and Impact Measures

Assessment of Journal Impact Factor Alternatives

Digital Sources and Software Tools for Reference Services & Collection Development

Search Engines and User Interfaces of Scholarly Databases

Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of Database Content

Recent Courses Taught

LIS 663 Database Searching
LIS 675 Database Content Evaluation
LIS 671 Digital Librarianship
LIS 664 Abstracting & Indexing for Information Services
LIS 674 Database Design & Creation
LIS 667 Advanced Database Searching
LIS 694 Special Topics in Information Technology: Multimedia Databases
LIS 694 Database Publishing

Awards and Honors

  • RUSA BRASS Emerald Research Grant for business reference research 2011
  • Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence – Outstanding Service Award 2007
  • SMARTer Kids Educational Grant from NEC, 2002
  • American Society for Information Science & Technology and Institute for Scientific Information: Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award, 1999
  • Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching, University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa, 1999
  • Louis Shores-Oryx Press Award for excellence in the reviewing of databases for the library community, ALA, 1998
  • ALISE Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award in Library and Information Studies, ALISE, 1998
  • Knight-Ridder DIALOG Essay Competition, Second Prize, 1997
  • ISA Research Grant, 1995 Excellence in Writing Award, UMI, 1993
  • Electronic Library Best Paper of the Year Award, Learned Information Ltd. and GEAC, 1990

Selected Publications

The need for end-user customization of the journal-sets of the subject categories  in the Scimago Journal Ranking database for more appropriate league lists – a case study for the Library & Information Science field. El profesional de la información (EPI), 2013, 22(5): 459-4732.

The role of information professionals in interpreting the results of journal league lists for research performance evaluation. (Prologue), Anuario ThinkEPI, 2013, Vol. 7: 11-15.

ProQuest’  Graduate Education Program (GEP) – a powerful, free database and software package for LIS educators and students worldwide. Online Information Review, 2013, 37(2): 326-338.

The volume of full-text coverage of top-tier marketing journals in the ABI/INFORM and Business Source Premier databases – key indicators for database licensing. Online Information Review, 2013, 37(1): 132-145.

Full text coverage of marketing journals in databases. Online Information Review, 2012, 36(6): 919-929.

The problems with the subject categories schema in the EigenFactor database from the perspective of ranking journals by their prestige and impact. (pre-print version); in print: Online Information Review, 2012, 36(5): 758-766.

Google Scholar Metrics for Publications  – The software and content feature of a new open access bibliometric service. (pre-print version); in print: Online Information Review, 2012, 36(4): 604-609.

Grim tales about the impact factor and the h-index in the Web of Science and the Journal Citation Reports databases: reflections on Vanclay’s criticism. Scientometrics  2012, 92(2): 325-354.

Analysis of the Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System from the perspective of journal coverage by academic databases. Online Information Review, 2012, 36(2): 307-319.

The h-index, h-core citation rate and the bibliometric profile of the Scopus database. Online Information Review, 2011, 35(3): 492-501.

The impact of Eugene Garfield through the prism of Web of Science. Annals of Library and Information Science, 2010, 57(3): 222-247.

Google Scholar’s Ghost Authors. Library Journal , 2009, 134(18): 26-27.

Testing the Calculation of a Realistic h-index in Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science for F. W. Lancaster. Library Trends, 2008, 56(4): 784-815.

Trends in Professional and Academic Online Information Services. Keynote Address at INFORUM 13th Conference on Professional Information Resources, 22-24 May, 2007. Prague, Czech Republic.

Clustering Search Results – The Synergy of Metasearching and Clustering. Online Information Review, 2007, 31(3): 376-382.

Open Access Scholarly Databases – A Bird’s Eye View of the Landscape. [Keynote Address at Asia & Oceania Section] IFLANET, World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council, 20-24 August 2006, Seoul, Korea.

Open Access to Scholarly Full Text Documents. Online Information Review , 2006, 30(5): 587-594.

Evaluation of citation enhanced scholarly databases. Journal of Information Processing and Management (JOHO KANRI), 2006, 48(12): 703-774. (in Japanese)

Deflated, Inflated and Phantom Citation Counts. Online Information Review, 2006, 30(3): 297-309.

Dubious Hit Counts and Cuckoo’s Eggs. Online Information Review, 2006, 30(2): 188-193.

Comparison and Analysis of the Citedness Scores in Web of Science and Google Scholar. Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL. Bangkok, Thailand, December 12-15, 2005. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, p. 360-369.

As We May Search – Comparison of Major Features of the Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar Citation-based and Citation-enhanced Databases.Current Science, 2005,  89(9): 1537-1547.

Relevance in the Eye of the Search Software. Online Information Review, 2005, 29(6): 676-682.

Google Scholar: the Pros and the Cons. Online Information Review, 2005, 29(2): 208-214.

Proxy Searching of Non-searchable and Poorly Searchable Open Access Archives of Digital Scholarly Journals.Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL. Kuala Lumpur, December 8-12, 2003. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. p. 552-555.

Digital Copyright and “CopyWrong”. Computers in Libraries, 2002,  22(5): 35-38.

Content Evaluation of Textual CD-ROM and Web Databases. Englewood: Libraries Unlimited, 2001.

A Deficiency in the Algorithm for Calculating the Impact Factor of Scholarly Journals: The Journal Impact Factor. Cortex, 2001, 37(4): 590-594.

Creating Digital Reading Packs from the ProQuest Digital Vault with the Sitebuilder Software.Proceedings of the 23rd National Online Meeting. New York, May 15-17, 2001. Information Today, Inc., p. 191-201.

Treatment of Digital Journals in Library and Information Science DatabasesOnline, 2001, 25(4): 46-49, 51.

Evaluating the Journal Base of Databases Using the Impact Factors of the ISI Journal Citation ReportsProceedings of the 21st National Online Meeting. New York, May 16-18, 2000. Information Today, Inc., p. 169-172.

Build Your Own Database. [co-authored with F. Wilfrid Lancaster] Chicago: American Library Association, 1999.

Cross Database Searching on the Web with Term Mapping from Multiple Thesauri. Proceedings of the 20th National Online Meeting. New York, May 18-20, 1999. Information Today, Inc., p. 217-225.

Post-search Aids for Relevance Ranking of Results by the User in the Experimental Search System of the Library of Congress. Proceedings of the 19th National Online Meeting. New York, May 12-14, 1998. Information Today, Inc., p. 177-185.

Analyzing the Journal Coverage of Abstracting/Indexing Databases at Variable Aggregate and Analytical Levels. Library & Information Science Research, 1998, 20(2): 133-151.

Mapping Algorithms to Translate Natural Language Questions into Search Queries for Web Databases. Proceedings of the 18th National Online Meeting. New York, May 13-15, 1997. Information Today, Inc., p. 189-199.

Content Evaluation of Databases. In Annual Review of Information Science Technology. Silver Spring: American Society for Information Science. Vol. 32, Chapter 5. 1997, p. 231-267.