What does a responsible bibliometrician look like?

Lizzie Gadd considers whether "responsible" is something we do or something we are. I’ve made the point a few times recently that responsible bibliometrics requires responsible bibliometricians.  It is not just our systems and processes that need to be responsible, but us.  We are the ones supporting these activities in our institutions.  I believe that …

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Is it time to bury the h-index?

Ian Rowlands hammers another nail into the h-index's coffin by explaining how it actually brings nothing new to the table and by showing how chance determines its outcome. The poor old h-index has come in for a lot of criticism recently, with a flood of papers pointing to its conceptual and practical shortcomings.  Is it time to …

Book review: “Measuring research: what everyone needs to know”.

Lizzie Gadd reviews a new introductory text, "Measuring Research: what everyone needs to know" by Cassidy Sugimoto and Vincent Larivière. The research community has been crying out for a decent primer on all things bibliometrics.  And now we have one. And it's a good one - no doubt about that.  It's well-written by two people …

Responsible metrics: where it’s at?

Lizzie Gadd reflects on two recent responsible metrics events: Lis-Bibliometrics’ “Responsible Bibliometrics in Practice” and the HEFCE/UUK’s “Turning the Tide: Changing the Culture of Responsible Metrics” both held within ten days of each other in London. Responsible metrics events are like buses it would seem.  Nothing for nine months, and then three within the space …

There’s no such thing as a bad metric.

Lizzie Gadd warns against jumping on 'bad metrics' bandwagons without really engaging with the more complex responsible metrics agenda beneath. An undoubted legacy of the Metric Tide report has been an increased focus on the responsible use of metrics and along with this a notion of 'bad metrics'.  Indeed, the report itself even recommended awarding an …