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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Should self-citations be included or excluded from measures of academic performance?

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2014 by steve

“There has been much discussion over how useful citation metrics, like Google Scholar’s H index, really are and to what extent they can be gamed. Specifically there appears to be concern over the practice of self-citation as it varies widely between disciplines …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 29 July]

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Four reasons to stop caring so much about the h-index

Posted in Research on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“The h-index attempts to measure the productivity and impact of the published work of scholar. But reducing scholarly work to a number in this way has significant limitations …” (more)

[Stacy Konkiel, Impact of Social Sciences, 31 March]


Research output of Irish Institutions 1980-2009

Posted in Research on January 28th, 2014 by steve

“I thought it would be interesting to compare some Irish institutions by examining their research output over the last three decades. This is first measured by number of publications, and then by considering the relevance of these citations to the community …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 28 January]

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More Rankings on the Way

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

International“Soon it will be springtime in the Northern hemisphere and spring would not be complete without a few more rankings. The Times Higher Education reputation rankings will be launched in early March …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 22 February]

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An alternative to REF2014?

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2013 by steve

“After blogging last week about use of journal impact factors in REF2014, many people have asked me what alternative I’d recommend …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 26 January]

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Predicting Publishing Futures

Posted in Research on September 12th, 2012 by steve

“Researchers measure scientific output to determine if past success predicts future productivity. As difficult as it is to forecast a researcher’s success, the field of metascience — the study of scientists — is giving it a go …” (more)

[Sabrina Richards, The Scientist, 12 September]

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The H-index is Redundant …

Posted in Research on January 28th, 2012 by steve

“An interesting paper appeared on the arXiv last week by astrophysicist Henk Spruit on the subject of bibliometric indicators, and specifically the Hirsch index (or H-index) …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 January]


The h-index, or the academic equivalent of the stag’s antlers

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2012 by steve

“… Few topics excite more controversy among scientists. When I spoke about the h-index to the German Physical Society a few years ago, the huge auditorium was packed. Some deplore it; some find it useful. Some welcome it as a defence against the subjective capriciousness of review and tenure boards …” (more)

[Philip Ball, Guardian, 6 January]

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Dropping the h-Bomb

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2011 by steve

“Perhaps it was inevitable. Throughout our daughter’s childhood, the teenage years loomed ever larger. We heard the stories, we knew what might happen. And then we got there and … it was fine. In fact, everything has been great. Until a few days ago. A few nights ago, during dinner, our daughter wanted to know the h-index of each of her parents …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 11 February]