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Whose Metrics? How metrics might serve scholars...
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- From: "Armbruster, Chris" <Chris.Armbruster@EUI.eu>
- Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:14:20 EDT
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Dear colleagues, Political and commercial concerns currently seem to drive the development of metrics, e.g. research assessment exercises or the journal usage factor. Librarians and publishers seem keen on supporting assessment regimes or developing metrics for themselves (e.g. Project COUNTER; PRIUS - Publisher and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics). However, should it not be of paramount concern to publishers, librarians & repositories to develop metric information services that are of direct utility to scholars? Following an ALPSP event in June and a suggestion by Sally Morris to put into writing the argument for developing metrics as scholarly information service, the pre-print is now available for comment: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1464706 The argument proceeds in six steps: (1) the problematic and controversial nature of assessment metrics is discussed; (2) the limited value of current metric information services is outlined; (3) the notion of metrics as research information services is clarified; (4) some examples of such services are offered; (5) the potential value is sketched from the perspective of a postdoc; (6) I suggest that more metric information services could be built as tried-and-tested technology and methods are available. Some services mentioned: Journal impact factor, journal usage factor, GoPubMed, SSRN CiteReader, RePEc LogEc, RePEc Citec, SPIRES, Harzing POP, Webometrics, Scopus, Google Scholar, Citebase, CiteSeerX, CERIF, H-index (and variants such as Contemporary H-index, Trend H-index, Objects H-index). Armbruster, Chris, Whose Metrics? On Building Citation, Usage and Access Metrics as Information Service for Scholars Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1464706 Chris Armbruster Publications and working papers available in Open Access http://ssrn.com/author=434782
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