Tuesday, 12 August 2008

The use and misuse of bibliometric indices in evaluating scholarly performance

A special themed issue of the journal Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics with 14 papers on taking a range of perspectives on the bibliometric indices. Questions addressed include: peer review vs bibliomterics (Browman and Stergiou), the value of Journal Impact Factors (JIF's) against citation analysis of individual papers (Campbell), how bibliometrics influences the publication behaviour of scientists (Lawrence), the impact of error's in citation practice (Todd and Ladle), Open Access (OA) publishing versus commercial publishers (Taylor, Perakakis and Trachana), Google Scholar as a citation tool (Harzing and van der Wal), a comparative evaluation of peer review and bibliometrics using RAE data (Harnad) and a look at the Australian experience of research evaluation(Butler).

Reference

Browman, H.I. and Stergiou, K.I., 2008. The use and misuse of bibliometric indices in evaluating scholarly performance - Theme Section. Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics. 8 (1). Available from: http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/esep/v8/n1/ [Accessed 13 August 2008].

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