How to judge a book by its cover? How useful are bibliometric indices for the evaluation of "scientific quality" or "scientific productivity"?
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How to judge a book by its cover? How useful are bibliometric indices for the
evaluation of "scientific quality" or "scientific productivity"?
Author(s): Halbach, OVU (Halbach, Oliver von Bohlen Und)
Source: ANNALS OF ANATOMY-ANATOMISCHER ANZEIGER Volume: 193 Issue:
3 Pages: 191-196 DOI: 10.1016/j.aanat.2011.03.011 Published: 2011
Abstract: How to pre-select the most promising candidates for an open position
out of several applications? One of the possibilities is to check the personal
bibliometric indices of these candidates by looking into appropriate databases.
In these databases the number of publications, the total number of citations,
the average number of citations per paper and the h-index are easy to find.
Thus, it is easy to use these parameters for a pre-election. First, the particular
values for the several bibliometric indicators could be retrieved for scientists
working in the field of Anatomy & Cell Biology. Next, an analysis of how useful
and reliable these bibliometric indicators are is performed. Most of the
indicators strongly depend on the seniority of a researcher. Thus, these
indicators favour older scientists over younger ones. Based on that, these
indicators are not well-suited to identify young and promising scientists.
Therefore, it is proposed that indicators, which correct for the time a scientists
spends working in the field, may be better suited for such a pre-election, such
as the hy index (also known as m-index) or the Py index. In this context, it
should be emphasized that these indicators may be useful for pre-selection. All
available indicators are based on data obtained from the past achievements of
the scientists and may not predict their future achievements. However, despite
the availability of these indicators, the best method to gain an impression of
the quality is currently still the old-fashioned method of reading the papers. (C)
2011 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
Document Type: Article
Author Keywords: h-Index; Bibliometrics; m-Index; Evaluation
KeyWords Plus: H-INDEX; IMPACT FACTORS; CITATIONS
Addresses: Ernst Moritz Arndt Univ Greifswald, Inst Anat & Cell Biol, D-17487
Reprint Address: Halbach, OVU (reprint author), Ernst Moritz Arndt Univ
Greifswald, Inst Anat & Cell Biol, Friedrich Loeffler Str 23C, D-17487 Greifswald,
E-mail Address: oliver.vonbohlen at uni-greifswald.de
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