Next generation metrics?
The measurement of research impacts is a complicated business!
In this course the focus lies on the three most commonly used bibliometric tools for the measurements and evaluation of the impact of scholarly publications: via Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar / Publish or Perish. Whatever your opinion on the (mis)use of these measurements: because research metrics are not going away, it’s smart to know how these work! As already mentioned in the introduction: it’s important for researchers (and research assessors) to know how they are calculated, the contexts in which they can and can’t be used, which ones can be compared and which definitely can’t and ultimately how you can influence them yourself.
That is the main goal of this course: to get to know the indicators used and its possible pittfalls.
In this part of the course we will:
- elaborate some more on the limitations of indicators for social sciences and humanities, and
- list some alternative metrics.