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Evaluating research organizations’ contribution to science is not the same task as evaluating the performance of their scientists
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3388-6237
2016 (English)In: Journal of Informetrics, ISSN 1751-1577, E-ISSN 1875-5879, Vol. 10, 655-657 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In their article “A farewell to the MNCS and like size-independent indicators” Abramo and D’Angelo argue that size-independent indicators are not suitable for assessing research performance; due to productivity differences among researchers and universities the use of size-independent indicators can distort rankings. Since I previously made a similar argument, I partly agree with the authors. However, I do not believe that assessing performance in terms of efficiency is the only important task for evaluative scientometrics. An equally important task is to assess the value of scientific contributions, and evaluating research organizations’ contribution to science is not the same task as evaluating the performance of their scientists.

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2016. Vol. 10, 655-657 p.
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Research evaluation, Bibliometrics, Efficency
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Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121167DOI: 10.1016/j.joi.2016.04.007ISI: 000377413800026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-121167DiVA: diva2:931417
Available from: 2016-05-27 Created: 2016-05-27 Last updated: 2016-07-14Bibliographically approved

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