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ERIC Number: ED462084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 185
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Developing Comparative Bibliometric Indicators for Evaluating the Research Performance of Four Academic Nutrition Departments, 1992-1996: An Exploratory Study.
Ackermann, Eric George
This study develops a set of empirically and theoretically sound citation-based bibliometric indicators of scientific research performance and applies them in an exploratory comparative study of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's (UTK's) Nutrition Department with three of its peer programs at the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University over a five-year period (1992-1996). A search of the bibliometric literature revealed much criticism of the use of citation analysis, little consensus about the solutions, and even less empirical data applicable to departmental level studies. Therefore, for the purposes of this study, self-citations were not excluded from the data, equal publication credit was given for multi-authored papers, and the two-year citation window was used in the calculation of bibliometric indicators and impact measures. The overall conceptual approach used was a limited version of Martin and Irvine's (1981, 1983) methodology of multiple converging indicators of scientific performance, using only bibliometric indicators, drawing on the citation data from the Institute for Scientific Information's "Science Citation Index-Expanded," and the "Journal Citation Reports." A set of eight empirically sound and theoretically justifiable indicators was developed and applied in this study. Of the four peer Nutrition programs evaluated, the UTK Nutrition Department ranked second in both overall rankings and in the Actual Impact Group of indicators, and ranked third in the Publication Output and Benchmark Groups of Indicators. Forty-three tables and figures are included. Appendixes contain: an annotated bibliography of selected papers relating to journal impact factors; evaluation of bibliometric indicators from the nine bibliometric studies analyzed in the literature review for possible use in this study; evaluation of the nutrition programs from each UTK peer institution for use in this study; data worksheet forms; and journal set data for each nutrition program, by year, 1992-1996. (Contains 56 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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