Report Users, narcissism and control(Publicatie)

This report focuses on means of measuring the quality and impact of scientific publications, exploring the many different tracking tools that are currently available to establish the effect of research results.

08 FEB 2012

Measuring quality and impact of scientific publications

The advance of digital networks is giving rise to new opportunities and challenges in the assessment of scientific research quality. Particularly interesting for research sponsors who need to evaluate the quality of research, these developments are also relevant for individual researchers who want to monitor the course of their own career, giving them a clearer perspective on their publications' impact on both science and society.

Survey of tracking tools

This report focuses on methods used to measure the quality and impact of scientific publications. Its main aim is to survey the many tracking tools that are available to analyse Web-based information. The study tackles the following questions:

  • Is it possible to track in real-time how research output is read, cited, used and effected in practical results and applications?
  • What are potential risks and drawbacks of these new tracking tools?

Based on detailed analyses and assessments of the available tools and methods, the report seeks to improve our understanding of these developments. The study assessed a total of 16 different tools.

Self-evaluation for researchers

The report demonstrates that Web-based scientific publication is yielding an array of new information filters. Researchers can use these filters to conduct their own limited self-evaluations of reactions to their work. However, this is not to say that these technologies and databases are legitimate instruments for an evaluation of science - for that to be true, they would have to comply with far more stringent protocols on the quality of data and the reliability and validity of the indicators. Most of the new tools do not satisfy such strict quality criteria - at least not yet.

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