Bibliometrics and Research Evaluation: Uses and Abuses by Yves Gingras

By Yves Gingras

The learn evaluate industry is booming. "Ranking," "metrics," "h-index," and "impact elements" are reigning buzzwords. executive and learn directors are looking to review every little thing -- lecturers, professors, education courses, universities -- utilizing quantitative symptoms. one of the instruments used to degree "research excellence," bibliometrics -- mixture info on courses and citations -- has develop into dominant. Bibliometrics is hailed as an "objective" degree of study caliber, a quantitative degree extra priceless than "subjective" and intuitive overview tools similar to peer assessment which were used on account that medical papers have been first released within the 17th century. during this ebook, Yves Gingras deals a lively argument opposed to an unquestioning reliance on bibliometrics as a hallmark of study caliber. Gingras indicates that bibliometric scores don't have any genuine medical validity, infrequently measuring what they fake to.Although the research of ebook and quotation styles, on the right scales, can yield insights at the worldwide dynamics of technology over the years, ill-defined quantitative symptoms frequently generate perverse and negative effects at the path of study. furthermore, abuse of bibliometrics happens while information is manipulated to spice up ratings. Gingras appears on the politics of review and argues that utilizing numbers could be a method to keep an eye on scientists and lessen their autonomy within the assessment technique. featuring particular standards for setting up the validity of symptoms at a given scale of study, Gingras questions why universities are so desirous to permit invalid symptoms impression their examine strategy.

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