Responsible use of metrics: an evaluative framework is essential, but cannot be grounded in informetric research – Guest post by Henk Moed

In this post Prof. Henk Moed outlines why the term evaluative framework refers to a specification of the qualitative principles and considerations that provide guidance to a concrete assessment process. In her latest blog post: There’s no such thing as a bad metric, Lizzie Gadd calls on those who feel committed to the responsible use …


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 …

Eugene Garfield, 1925-2017. Guest post by Christopher King

In this blog post, The Bibliomagician pays a special tribute to one of the founding fathers of Bibliometrics: the late Dr Eugene Garfield. 


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 …