Juan Gorraiz studied physics at the University of Madrid and at the University of Vienna, where he obtained his doctoral degree.
He has been working on bibliometric studies and projects since 1992 and is also engaged as a lecturer for the university master course „Library and Information Studies“. He has a long experience in the assessment of quality and accuracy of data sources as well as in citation analyses and new metrics (usage metrics and altmetrics).
Since 2008 he is also head of the Department for Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies of the Library and Archive Services of the University of Vienna, one of the first library departments devoted specially to bibliometrics.
Furthermore he was organiser and programme chair of the “10th International Conference on Science & Technical Indicators“ 2008 in Vienna as well as of the “14th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference 2013” in Vienna. Last but not least, he is one of the initiators of the “European Summer School for Scientometrics” (ESSS), where he is engaged as steering committee member and lecturer.
The Metrics Working Group is important if we are to face the challenge of the new metrics in the digital and internet era and to promote bibliometric services as a new task for modern scientific libraries.