Tefko Saracevic
Professor II Emeritus


Tefko Saracevic is Professor II Emeritus at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA (Professor II is the highest academic rank at Rutgers Univ.). He was Associate Dean 2003 to 2006. Over the years he conducted research and published widely on: test and evaluation of information retrieval systems and digital libraries; notion of relevance in information science; human aspects in human-computer interaction in information retrieval; user and use studies in information science and librarianship; studies of user-derived value of information and library services; analysis of web queries as submitted to search engines; and various aspects of digital libraries. He has given seminars, lectures and courses, or consulted, and presented papers at international meetings in 48 countries, and was an invited keynote speaker at over a dozen international conferences.

He was the president of the American Society for Information Science and received the Society’s Award of Merit (the highest award given by the Society). Among other awards, he also received the Gerard Salton Award for Excellence in Research, by the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, Association for Computing Machinery (also the highest award given by the Group). In a histogram of citations from papers in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology for years 1956-2006 and involving 4065 authors, he ranked first in citations to his work both in articles in the Journal as well in articles globally from that Journal. From 1985 to 2008 he was the Editor-in-Chief of Information Processing & Management, an international journal. Although retired as Emeritus, he is still active – among others teaching online courses, writing, and participating at conferences. As of Feb 2013 he has received 2683 citations to his works in Scopus online database, excluding self citations, i.e. these are all citations to his works by other authors. In Google Scholar (which has a broader citation policy and database) he has 8763 citations.