How can we use research performance indicators in an informed and responsible manner? Guest post by Henk Moed

Distinguished Professor Henk Moed explains why he has published his recent book Applied Evaluative Informetrics and outlines his critical views on a series of fundamental problems in the current use of research performance indicators in research assessment.

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What do we value?

The tension between publishing strategically to enhance standing in current academic culture and increasing the openness of scholarly communications is one I see regularly. Lizzie Gadd’s My double life blog post articulating this tension resonated for many Bibliomagician readers. Moving beyond our anecdotal experience, the Knowledge Exchange Approach to Open Scholarship white paper highlights this … Continue reading What do we value?

Responsible metrics: easier said than done? By Lizzie Gadd

Every year for the last three years I have 'taken the temperature' of the HE community regarding responsible metrics using a short survey.  The surveys have been advertised to the Lis-Bibliometrics Forum and the ARMA Metrics Special Interest Group. Back in 2015 I was keen to understand whether and how universities were responding to the … Continue reading Responsible metrics: easier said than done? By Lizzie Gadd

Summary of different institutions’ approach to rolling out SciVal and support services. Guest post by Jenny Coombs.

A few months ago I asked the lis-bibliometrics list how institutions that had purchased SciVal had rolled it out across their respective universities.  We have recently taken out a subscription to SciVal at my own institution (De Montfort University in Leicester, UK) and we are starting to think about the services and support we want … Continue reading Summary of different institutions’ approach to rolling out SciVal and support services. Guest post by Jenny Coombs.

Tips for reading and interpreting altmetrics research (Guest post by Stacy Konkiel)

Welcome to the first Altmetrics Research Roundup! In these regular posts, I’ll be sharing and summarizing the altmetrics research that’s most relevant to practicing bibliometricians’ daily work. In other words, I’ll stay on top of the literature so you don’t have to. Our first post will cover an important but relatively unknown issue in altmetrics: … Continue reading Tips for reading and interpreting altmetrics research (Guest post by Stacy Konkiel)

Starting out in bibliometrics? Read this…

...and when I say, read this, I don't mean this blog post, I mean, this: Yves Gingras's "Bibliometrics and Research Evaluation: uses and abuses" (2016, MIT Press). And here are my top 6 reasons why I heartily recommend this book to practitioners:- It's short. I know this shouldn't be one's primary consideration when selecting a … Continue reading Starting out in bibliometrics? Read this…

Who is responsible for responsible metrics?

There are many stakeholders in the world of research evaluation by numbers, and the Metric Tide Report did a great job of teasing out who should be doing what. At the ARMA Conference this year, the Metrics Special Interest Group (SIG) brought together a fantastic panel of those stakeholders to get an understanding of how they have responded to the Metric Tide report: what is happening in the world of responsible metrics, and what needs to happen next?