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ERIC Number: EJ834384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1536-6367
Scale-Independent Bibliometric Indicators
Katz, J. Sylvan
Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, v3 n1 p24-28 Jan 2005
This article presents the author's critique of Anthony F. J. van Raan's article titled, "Measurement of Central Aspects of Scientific Research: Performance, Interdisciplinarity, Structure." van Raan makes an excellent case for using bibliometric data to measure some central aspects of scientific research and to construct indicators of groups: research groups, university departments, and institutes. He claims that, next to peer review, these indicators are indispensable for evaluating research and can be used in parallel with peer review processes. By way of an example, van Raan provides a table containing nine indicators for a German medical research institute. Two of these indicators--articles (P) and citations (C)--are established proxy measures for the size of a group and the impact of its published research (Katz & Hicks, 1997). The ratio between citations and articles (CPP) and the ratios between CPP and the mean Journal Citation Score and between the field-based world average and the Germany-specific world average--which are uniquely defined CPP reference values--are used to construct a set of indicators that van Raan suggests can be used to assess international research performance. This commentary focuses solely on the use of bibliometric indicators to compare international research performance. It addresses the fundamental question of whether CPP or measures like CPP can be used to accurately compare the performance of groups of different sizes. (Contains 2 figures and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany