Are all subjects the same?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

UK“University rankers seem to be moving towards the field normalization of citations data. In 2010 Times Higher Education and Thomson Reuters started using it for their world rankings. The scores for citations did not reflect the absolute number of citations or even citations per paper or per faculty …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 9 May]

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A better way to track citations

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2013 by steve

“Over the years citations have become the key currency of academic reputation, helping to measure the degree of influence any one scholar’s works have had on the academic community …” (more)

[Paul Stokes, Research Blogs, 12 September]

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By replacing journal rank with an institution-based reputation system, the looming crisis in science can be averted

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“The broken incentive structure in science can be blamed for much of the alarming trends of the past decades, such as the replicability crisis and dwindling research budgets …” (more)

[Björn Brembs, Impact of Social Sciences, 30 July]

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Declaration on Research Assessment

Posted in Research on May 18th, 2013 by steve

“Just thought I would highlight the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. It’s been a long day and I’m quite tired, so I don’t want to say too much …” (more)

[To the left of centre, 18 May]

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Altmetric It Bookmarklet

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“… Using the doi of an article, the Altmetric It Bookmarklet will tell you how many times it has been tweeted, blogged about, shared on facebook, added to Mendeley and more …” (more)

[Michelle Dalton, libfocus, 9 February]

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The Emergence of a Citation Cartel

Posted in Research on April 11th, 2012 by steve

“From an economics standpoint, self-citation is the easiest method to boost one’s citations. Every author knows this and cites his own articles, however peripheral their relationship is to the topic at hand …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 10 April]

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Free app has the cite stuff for REF

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2011 by steve

“The ‘methodologically indefensible’ peer-review element of the research excellence framework should be scrapped and replaced by citation data drawn from a free internet application. This is the view of Patrick Dunleavy, professor of political science and public policy at the London School of Economics. He told Times Higher Education that the Publish or Perish app, created last year by Anne-Wil Harzing, professor of international management at the University of Melbourne, offered a much easier, cheaper and more robust way to assess research …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 30 June]

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Science metrics

Posted in Research on June 20th, 2010 by steve

“The value of scientific output is often measured, to rank one nation against another, allocate funds between universities, or even grant or deny tenure. Scientometricians have devised a multitude of ‘metrics’ to help in these rankings. Do they work? Are they fair? Are they over-used? …” (more)

[Nature, 20 June]

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