Mike Thelwall

Professor of data science; applying data science methods from social sciences and humanities perspectives: artificial intelligence, webometrics, social media metrics, and sentiment analysis; developing quantitative web methods for Twitter, social networks, YouTube, and various types of link and impact metrics; conducting impact assessments for organisations, such as the UNDP. Member of the UK Forum for Responsible Research Metrics. Member of the Statistical Cybermetrics and Research Evaluation Group.

Wolverhampton Business School, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK. Tel. +44 1902 321470. Fax +44 1902 321478. m dot thelwall at wlv.ac.uk. ORCID: 0000-0001-6065-205X. Mastodon. YouTube



Free academic research software

Free open access data

Talks and talk topics

Artificial intelligence to detect journal article research quality

Results, talks, and additional papers from a project on AI for research assessment for UK Research and Innovation.

COVID-19 papers, including preprints


Main current books:

Thelwall, M. (2021). Word association thematic analysis: A social media text exploration strategy. San Rafael, CA: Morgan & Claypool. [A method to analyse text for themes. It is designed for social media or other short form texts. The supporting software Mozdeh can gather and analyse YouTube comments and tweets (including from the Academic Research Twitter track). Video summary.]

Thelwall, M. (2017). Web indicators for research evaluation: A practical guide. San Rafael, CA: Morgan & Claypool. [An overview of all the steps needed from data collection to analysis and interpretation for web indicators, including practical advice.]

Refereed journal articles - contact m dot thelwall at wlv.ac.uk for copies. See also publication list by topic, Google Scholar list, and FigShare data.


Book chapters



Edited book


MPhil/PhD Students

Former PhD Students

PhD Examinations (46)



Bass guitarist in the Atomic Rooster tribute band Nutha Clucker, and in Buy Shoes, Get Haircut, Do Gig.