CFP workshop on Methodological Issues in Using Curricula Vitae

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Thu Mar 8 04:20:41 EST 2007

> The main and obvious reason for doing so was the desire to 
> compare journals with similar ones, and in 
> particular with others in the same field that might be 
> expected to have the same pattern of citation, in order 
> to prevent the unfairness of comparing impact factors across 
> fields with different publication patterns. They 
> do fairly well for this. 

The question, indeed, is whether the journals within a set can be expected
to have the same pattern of citation. I question both this expectation and
the evidence that "they do fairly well for this." The expectation is not
warranted by an ad-hoc classification, however smart the classifiers are and
the evidence is not convincing. See my reply to Kevin about this. 

My initial mail was mainly concerned with some colleagues organizing a
workshop of scientometrics at Madrid based on this erroneous assumption. I
understand that one sometimes has to be pragmatical, but not in the
scholarly debate, in my opinion.

With best wishes, 


Loet Leydesdorff 
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR)
Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam
Tel.: +31-20- 525 6598; fax: +31-20- 525 3681 
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