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 …

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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.

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 …

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 …

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: …