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Eugene Garfield eugene.garfield at THOMSONREUTERS.COM
Thu Nov 24 16:18:56 EST 2011

TITLE:          An index to evaluate fund and fund manager performance
                (Article, English)
AUTHOR:         Bystrom, H
                p.1311-1314 ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD,

SEARCH TERM(S):  HIRSCH JE          P NATL ACAD SCI USA   102:16569 2005

ABSTRACT:       I propose a new index, the b-index, to measure the
performance of funds and fund managers. A fund or fund manager has a b- index equal to b if b is the highest number for which it holds that the fund/fund manager has returned more than b% at least b years throughout the history of the fund/fund manager.

AUTHOR ADDRESS: H Bystrom, Lund Univ, Dept Econ, Box 7082, S-22007 Lund, Sweden

TITLE:          Parochialism or Self-Consciousness? Internationality in
                Medical History Journals 1997-2006 (Article, English)
AUTHOR:         Steinke, H; Lang, Y
SOURCE:         MEDICAL HISTORY 55 (4). OCT 2011. p.523-538 PROF SCI
                PUBL, LONDON


KEYWORDS:       Journals; Research Quality; Internationality; Languages;
                Historiography; Citations

ABSTRACT:       Research councils, universities and funding agencies are
increasingly asking for tools to measure the quality of research in the humanities. One of their preferred methods is a ranking of journals according to their supposed level of internationality. Our quantitative survey of seventeen major journals of medical history reveals the futility of such an approach. Most journals have a strong national character with a dominance of native language, authors and topics. The most common case is a paper written by a local author in his own language on a national subject regarding the nineteenth or twentieth century.
American and British journals are taken notice of internationally but they only rarely mention articles from other history of medicine journals. Continental European journals show a more international review of literature, but are in their turn not noticed globally. Increasing specialization and fragmentation has changed the role of general medical history journals. They run the risk of losing their function as international platforms of discourse on general and theoretical issues and major trends in historiography, to international collections of papers. Journal editors should therefore force their authors to write a more international report, and authors should be encouraged to submit papers of international interest and from a more general, transnational and methodological point of view.

AUTHOR ADDRESS: H Steinke, Univ Bern, Inst Hist Med, Buehlstr 26, CH-3012
                Bern, Switzerland


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