Cultures of counting or cultures of responsibility?

Katie Evans looks at the wider context of responsible metrics and asks what the ingredients of a culture of responsibility might be. I talk to academics about bibliometrics on an almost daily basis. One conversation that stands out for me started with the academic asking to meet me because they “disagreed with metrics”. To my …

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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 …

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 …