Measuring institutional output in the social sciences

Stephen J Bensman notsjb at LSU.EDU
Thu Dec 6 10:01:33 EST 2012

I would suggest that you use Anne-Wil Hazing's program and Google Scholar.  We are experimenting with this program and Google Scholar  here at Louisiana State University and are obtaining quite accurate and insightful results with it.  There are two main advantages.  First, the hyperlink has replaced the citation as the main linkage among scientific and scholarly works.  Citations are technologically obsolete artifacts of the paper format.  Second, Google Scholar retrieves important materials no matter what the bibliographic format or where they are.  However, you can use this method only if you fully understand the probabilistic structure of the Web, stochastic models, power laws, scale-free, how PageRank operates. etc. etc.  These impose extreme limits on the validity of the sets.  You can obtain Harzing's program free from   If you want to know more about our results, you can contact me.  If you want to know how Harzing's program operates and has been utilized, enter a query into Google Scholar, and hit the top hyperlinks.  It is that fast.

Stephen J Bensman, Ph.D.
LSU Libraries
Lousiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

From: ASIS&T Special Interest Group on Metrics [mailto:SIGMETRICS at LISTSERV.UTK.EDU] On Behalf Of Barjak Franz
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2012 7:25 AM
Subject: [SIGMETRICS] Measuring institutional output in the social sciences

Dear list,

The weaknesses of using mainly journal-based databases for measuring output in the social sciences and humanities are widely discussed and well known. I would be interested in literature or approaches on how to measure institutional output in the social sciences. I am looking to answers on questions such as:
- What types of publications should be counted?
- Is there an accepted procedure for combining them into a publication index or indices or, in other words, should different types of publications get different weights?
- How should such measures be normalised at institutional level?
- Have institutional practices of measuring output ever been analysed or compared?

Thanks for any suggestions and hints to literature.
Best wishes
Franz Barjak

Dr. Franz Barjak
Professor for Empirical Economic & Social Research
University of Applied Sciences
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