Bibliometrics And Research Evaluation: Uses And Abuses by Yves GingrasBibliometrics And Research Evaluation: Uses And Abuses by Yves Gingras

Bibliometrics And Research Evaluation: Uses And Abuses

byYves Gingras

Hardcover | October 7, 2016

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Why bibliometrics is useful for understanding the global dynamics of science but generate perverse effects when applied inappropriately in research evaluation and university rankings.

The research evaluation market is booming. "Ranking," "metrics," "h-index," and "impact factors" are reigning buzzwords. Government and research administrators want to evaluate everything -- teachers, professors, training programs, universities -- using quantitative indicators. Among the tools used to measure "research excellence," bibliometrics -- aggregate data on publications and citations -- has become dominant. Bibliometrics is hailed as an "objective" measure of research quality, a quantitative measure more useful than "subjective" and intuitive evaluation methods such as peer review that have been used since scientific papers were first published in the seventeenth century. In this book, Yves Gingras offers a spirited argument against an unquestioning reliance on bibliometrics as an indicator of research quality. Gingras shows that bibliometric rankings have no real scientific validity, rarely measuring what they pretend to.

Although the study of publication and citation patterns, at the proper scales, can yield insights on the global dynamics of science over time, ill-defined quantitative indicators often generate perverse and unintended effects on the direction of research. Moreover, abuse of bibliometrics occurs when data is manipulated to boost rankings. Gingras looks at the politics of evaluation and argues that using numbers can be a way to control scientists and diminish their autonomy in the evaluation process. Proposing precise criteria for establishing the validity of indicators at a given scale of analysis, Gingras questions why universities are so eager to let invalid indicators influence their research strategy.

Yves Gingras is Professor and Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Science, Department of History, at Université du Québec à Montréal.
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Title:Bibliometrics And Research Evaluation: Uses And AbusesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:136 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:October 7, 2016Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:026203512X

ISBN - 13:9780262035125

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From RG Scores, to Altmetric, SciVal, Author Rank, and h-indexes -- to be a scholar today is to participate in a wild economy of metrics poised to exert wide-reaching and intimate control over the valuation of knowledge. Gingras's manifesto calls academics to put to the test such data-driven indicators by asking, 'what is the proper measure of a metric?'