Special Issue "Bibliometrics, Measurements and Research Evaluation"
A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2018)
In the last decade, there has been an increase in the use of bibliometrics as a proxy for the assessment of research quality. This is in part driven by the popularity of league tables and their appetite for simple—some would say simplistic—measures. However, the exponential rise of both on-line open access research publications and social media has produced a new and unexpected set of new alternative non-traditional metrics. These include all forms of traceable interest in scholarly and scientific publications (Webometrics), whether they are views and downloads, number of tweets, media and policy papers references, Facebook pages, blog mentions, etc.
Within this new world of open access, big data, and social media, one wonders about the future of the measurement of research publication quality. Will traditional bibliometrics evolve in more complex indicators, or will they be supplanted by alternative metrics? Will the peer review system become obsolete and be replaced by real-time information on the appeal and relevance of a scientific publication? Perhaps we should just pause, go back to basics, and re-think what we mean by “research evaluation” and what high-quality research looks like.
Within this context, we would like to invite colleagues to submit papers for this special issue to pull together a body of work that will underpin research evaluation in all its many facets. We welcome technically-oriented research on bibliometrics as well as more qualitative work on conceptualising the measurement of research quality.Dr. Rosa Scoble
Prof. Geoff Rodgers
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- Research quality evaluation
- Alternative metrics
- Research assessment
- Peer review