The publishing imperative: the pervasive influence of publication metrics
Authors: Steele, Colin; Butler, Linda; Kingsley, Danny
Source: Learned Publishing, Volume 19, Number 4, October 2006 , pp. 277-290(14)
Abstract:This article summarizes the effects of the increasing global trend towards measuring research quality and effectiveness through, in particular, publication-based metrics, and its effects on scholarly communication. Such metrics are increasingly influencing the behaviour patterns of administrators, publishers, librarians, and researchers. Impact and citation measures, which often rely solely on Thomson Scientific data, are examined in the context of university league tables and research assessment exercises. The need to establish alternate metrics, particularly for the social sciences and humanities, is emphasized, as is an holistic approach to scholarly communication agenda.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 2006
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North American Editor: Diane Scott-Lichter
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