Thursday, June 12, 2008

Assessing Scientific Research and Citation Analysis

A thoughtful report " about the use and misuse of citation data in the assessment of scientific research."

"We do not dismiss citation statistics as a tool for assessing the quality of research—citation data and statistics can provide some valuable information. We recognize that assessment must be practical, and for this reason easily‐derived citation statistics almost surely will be part of the process. But citation data provide only a limited and incomplete view of research quality, and the statistics derived from citation data are sometimes poorly understood and misused. Research is too important to measure its value with only a single coarse tool."

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