The Remarkable Revival of Oxford and Cambridge

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2021 by steve

International“There is nearly always a theme for the publication of global rankings. Often it is the rise of Asia, or parts of it. For a while it was the malign grasp of Brexit which was crushing the life out of British research or the resilience of American science in the face of the frenzied hostility of the great orange beast …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 13 June]

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Hundreds of extreme self-citing scientists revealed in new database

Posted in Research on August 19th, 2019 by steve

International“Some highly cited academics seem to be heavy self-promoters – but researchers warn against policing self-citation. The world’s most-cited researchers, according to newly released data, are a curiously eclectic bunch …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden and Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Nature, 19 August]

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Here we go again: the THE citations indicator

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

International“The latest THE world rankings have just been announced. For most of the indicators there are few surprises. There are more universities from Japan in the rankings. Oxford is first, followed by Cambridge. The USA contributes the largest number of top universities. China rises steadily. India is as usual is a disappointment …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 1 October]

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‘Open citations’ movement targets big publishers

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2017 by steve

International“‘Open citations now!’ So concludes a new open letter to publishers from researchers who support making scholarly citations freely available, in the interest of better citation analysis. Advocates of such efforts say that references are a pillar of scholarly work and that being able to understand how articles cite each other shouldn’t require an expensive subscription to a database …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Times Higher Education, 11 December]

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When Do Citations Reflect ‘Impact?’

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2015 by steve

USA“Citation behaviors vary widely between and within STM and HSS; within particular disciplines citations can also play sharply different kinds of roles. The complexity of adducing scholarly significance from citation metrics is further increased as scholars may use citations differently from one publication to the next …” (more)

[Karin Wulf, The Scholarly Kitchen, 16 July]

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Growing Impact of Older Articles

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2014 by steve

International“Scholars have been devoting more attention to older literature, a new study of the citation patterns in journal articles reveals …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 10 November]

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Proof over promise: Moving citation metric systems beyond journal impact towards a career impact approach

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Publishing in a high-impact journal carries the implicit promise that the article will also be highly cited. But the proof of this logic remains unsubstantiated …” (more)

[Anne-Wil Harzing and Wilfred Mijnhardt, Impact of Social Sciences, 17 September]

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Are 90% of academic papers really never cited? Reviewing the literature on academic citations

Posted in Research on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“It is widely accepted that academic papers are rarely cited or even read. But what kind of data lies behind these assertions? Dahlia Remler takes a look at the academic research on citation practices and finds that whilst it is clear citation rates are low, much confusion remains over precise figures …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 23 April]

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The great citation hoax: Proof that women are worse researchers than men

Posted in Research on October 21st, 2013 by steve

Norway“The work of women researchers is worth about 80% of the work of their male colleagues. At least, that’s what you’d have to believe according to one standard measure of quality …” (more)

[Curt Rice, 19 October]

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Is Google Scholar useful for bibliometrics? A webometric analysis

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2013 by steve

“Google Scholar, the academic bibliographic database provided free-of-charge by the search engine giant Google, has been suggested as an alternative or complementary resource to the commercial citation databases like Web of Knowledge (ISI/Thomson) or Scopus (Elsevier) …” (more)

[Ciaran Quinn, Research Support Librarian Blog, 13 September]

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Citation Cartels

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2013 by steve

International“… Surely it is now time for Thomson Reuters to stop counting self-citations for the Research Influence indicator in the THE World University Rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 22 June]

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Journal citation cartels on the rise

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2013 by steve

“According to the 2013 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports, published on Wednesday, 37 journals have been added to the banned list this year for having ‘anomalous citation patterns’ …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 21 June]

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Ireland Punches above Its Weight in Scientific Research Impact

Posted in Research on May 7th, 2013 by steve

“The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced a renewed four-year commitment between the Irish Universities Association and Thomson Reuters to demonstrate the efficiency and global impact of Ireland’s scientific research …” (more)

[Stockhouse, 7 May]

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Impact Factors, Citations and the h-index

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Rankings of universities and of individual researchers use impact factors, citation analyses and increasingly the ‘h-index’ as ways to measure research impact. There are numerous articles questioning the validity of these measures, but as they do exist it is worth knowing what they are and how to measure for yourself …” (more)

[Aoife Geraghty, Read Around Research, 28 April]

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