[Asis-l] _The Use And Misuse Of Bibliometric Indices In Evaluating Scholarly Performance_

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A Very Important Publication: _The Use And Misuse Of Bibliometric
Indices In Evaluating Scholarly Performance_ /  _Ethics In Science And
Enviromental Politics_ / Editors: Howard I. Browman, Konstantinos I.

THEME SECTION: Quantifying the relative performance of individual
scholars, groups of scholars, departments, institutions,
provinces/states/regions and countries has become an integral part of
decision-making over research policy, funding allocations, awarding of
grants, faculty hirings, and claims for promotion and tenure.
Bibliometric indices (based mainly upon citation counts), such as the
h-index and the journal impact factor, are heavily relied upon in such
assessments. There is a growing consensus, and a deep concern, that
these indices — more-and-more often used as a replacement for the
informed judgement of peers — are misunderstood and are, therefore,
often misinterpreted and misused. The articles in this ESEP Theme
Section present a range of perspectives on these issues. Alternative
approaches, tools and metrics that will hopefully lead to a more
balanced role for these instruments are presented.

Browman HI, Stergiou KI / INTRODUCTION: Factors and indices are one
thing, deciding who is scholarly, why they are scholarly, and the
relative value of their scholarship is something else entirely

Campbell P / Escape from the impact factor

Lawrence PA / Lost in publication: how measurement harms science

Todd PA, Ladle RJ / Hidden dangers of a 'citation culture'

Taylor M, Perakakis P, Trachana V / The siege of science

Cheung WWL/ The economics of post-doc publishing

Tsikliras AC/ Chasing after the high impact

Zitt M, Bassecoulard E/ Challenges for scientometric indicators: data
demining, knowledge flows measurements and diversity issues

Harzing AWK, van der Wal R / Google Scholar as a new source for
citation analysis

Pauly D, Stergiou KI / Re-interpretation of 'influence weight' as a
citation-based Index of New Knowledge (INK)
Giske J / Benefitting from bibliometry

Butler L/ Using a balanced approach to bibliometrics: quantitative
performance measures in the Australian Research Quality Framework

Bornmann L, Mutz R, Neuhaus C, Daniel HD / Citation counts for
research evaluation: standards of good practice for analyzing
bibliometric data and presenting and interpreting results

Harnad S / Validating research performance metrics against peer rankings

(Open Access) Links To Full Text Are Available At

[ http://scholarship20.blogspot.com/2008/08/google-scholar-as-new-source-for.html


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