Bibliometrics of individual researchers

A vital debate for all researchers to stay tuned to!

The Citation Culture

The demand for measures of individual performance in the management of universities and research institutes has been growing, in particular since the early 2000s. The publication of the Hirsch Index in 2005 (Hirsch, 2005) and its popularisation by the journal Nature (Ball, 2005) has given this a strong stimulus. According to Hirsch, his index seemed the perfect indicator to assess the scientific performance of an individual author because “it is transparent, unbiased and very hard to rig”. The h-index balances productivity with citation impact. An author with a h-index of 14 has created 14 publications that each have been cited at least 14 times. So neither authors with a long list of mediocre publications, nor an author with 1 wonder hit are rewarded by this indicator. Nevertheless, the h-index turned out to have too many disadvantages to be wearing the crown of “the perfect indicator”. As Hirsch acknowledged himself, it…

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Blue skies, impacts, and peer review | RT. A Journal on Research Policy and Evaluation

This paper describes the results of a survey regarding the incorporation of societal impacts considerations into the peer review of grant proposals submitted to public science funding bodies. The survey investigated perceptions regarding the use of scientific peers to judge not only the intrinsic scientific value of proposed research, but also its instrumental value to society. Members of the scientific community have expressed – some more stridently than others – resistance to the use of such societal impact considerations. We sought to understand why. Results of the survey suggest that such resistance may be due to a lack of desire rather than a lack of confidence where judging impacts is concerned. In other words, it may be less that scientists feel unable to judge broader societal impacts and more that they are unwilling to do so.

Blue skies, impacts, and peer review | Holbrook | RT. A Journal on Research Policy and Evaluation.

PhyloPic Phryday Photo

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Monolophosaurus by Jordan Mallon (vectorized by T. Michael Keesey)

SPARC Innovator Award | SPARC

There is something very appealing about the simplicity of using a single number to indicate the worth of a scientific paper.

But a growing group of scientists, publishers, funders, and research organizations are increasingly opposed to the broad use of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) as the sole measure used to assess research and researchers.


SPARC Innovator Award | Sparc.

What the … Friday already?!

For those of you who’ve noticed the lack of posts between last Friday and this, and especially to those of you who’ve missed them — thanks!

To explain briefly, but quickly: I am working on several large projects right now with tight deadlines.

Thanks also to several new visitors (even followers!) this week, despite limited new content.

I’m busy favoriting things on Twitter that I hope to come back to soon. In the meantime, enjoy the PhyloPics!

PhyloPic Phryday Photo

PhyloPic Phryday Photo

Hippocampus by Kelly

Phylopic Phryday Photo

Phylopic Phryday Photo

Pan-Amphiesmenoptera by T. Michael Keesey