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The Evaluation of Research By Scientometric Indicators

Book Description

Aimed at academics, academic managers and administrators, professionals in scientometrics, information scientists and science policy makers at all levels. This book reviews the principles, methods and indicators of scientometric evaluation of information processes in science and assessment of the publication activity of individuals, teams, institutes and countries. It provides scientists, science officers, librarians and students with basic and advanced knowledge on evaluative scientometrics. Especially great stress is laid on the methods applicable in practice and on the clarification of quantitative aspects of impact of scientific publications measured by citation indicators.

  • Written by a highly knowledgeable and well-respected scientist in the field
  • Provides practical and realistic quantitative methods for evaluating scientific publication activities of individuals, teams, countries and journals
  • Gives standardized descriptions and classification of the main categories of evaluative scientometrics

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Acknowledgement
  6. About the author
  7. List of figures and tables
  8. Chapter 1: Introduction
  9. Chapter 2: Basic categories of scientometrics
    1. Concluding remarks
  10. Chapter 3: Classification of the indicators of evaluative scientometrics
    1. Introduction
    2. Classification scheme of evaluative indicators
    3. Concluding remarks
  11. Chapter 4: Publication growth in science
    1. Introduction
    2. Relative publication growth index
    3. Concluding remarks
  12. Chapter 5: Scientific eminence of journals: the Garfield Factor and the Current Contribution Index
    1. Introduction
    2. Standardised description of the Garfield Factor
    3. Chances for citation and chances for citedness
    4. The Garfield Factor and relative publication growth
    5. Some empirical findings
    6. An empirical model
    7. Towards understanding the Garfield Factor
    8. The GF and the SIC index
    9. Relationship between quantity and quality: growth and specific indices
    10. The Current Contribution Index (CCI)
    11. The πV-index
    12. Concluding remarks
  13. Chapter 6: The ageing of scientific information
    1. Introduction
    2. Annual citedness and annual citedness rates
    3. Conversion of Journal Paper Citedness indices or Garfield Factors calculated for different time periods
    4. Calculating the Estimated Number of Citations (ENC) by the Subsequent Impact Method (SIM)
    5. Concluding remarks
  14. Chapter 7: Scientometric indicators for the assessment of publications
    1. Introduction
    2. Definition and function of comparative indicators of evaluative scientometrics
    3. Relationships between three relative impact indicators (RW, RCR, RPS)
    4. The Invitation Paradox
    5. Model for the selection of relative publication impact indicators
    6. Composite scientometric indicators
    7. The h-index and the π-index
    8. Concluding remarks
  15. Chapter 8: Reference strategy: model of manifested communication through publications
    1. Introduction
    2. Reference strategy
    3. Laws of reference strategy
    4. The model of manifested communication through publications
    5. Concluding remarks
  16. Chapter 9: Frequency of and strength of motives in referencing: the Reference Threshold Model
    1. Introduction
    2. The frequency and strength of motives in referencing
    3. Concluding remarks
  17. Chapter 10: Research contribution and share of credit of individual authors
    1. Introduction
    2. Distributing credit of publications among co-authors
    3. Concluding remarks
  18. Chapter 11: Standards in scientometric assessments
    1. Introduction
    2. Bibliometric factors
    3. Effect of bibliometric factors on the GF of journals
    4. Selecting sets of papers and journals as reference standards
    5. Standardisation of citedness indicators using standardised publication and citation time windows
    6. Dependence of JPC on the type of publication
    7. Methods for obtaining absolute reference standards for relative impact indicators
    8. Delineating journals by subject field
    9. Methods for standardising GFs
    10. Methods for determining ordinal rank scores in sets of different size
    11. Standardising part-indicators
    12. Concluding remarks
  19. Chapter 12: Scientometric assessments: application of scientometrics for the purposes of science policy
    1. Introduction
    2. Scientometric methods for the evaluation of research organisations
    3. Evaluating publications of research institutes by a composite scientometric indicator
    4. Scientometric indicators and GDP
    5. Concluding remarks
  20. Chapter 13: Institutionalisation of Scientific Information: a scientometric model (ISI-S model)
    1. Introduction
    2. The ISI-S model
    3. Concluding remarks
  21. Chapter 14: Conclusions
  22. References
  23. Author index
  24. Subject index