How to evaluate individual researchers
lutz.bornmann at GV.MPG.DE
Tue Oct 15 03:30:19 EDT 2013
How to evaluate individual researchers working in the natural and life sciences meaningfully? A proposal of methods based on percentiles of citations
Lutz Bornmann<http://arxiv.org/find/cs/1/au:+Bornmann_L/0/1/0/all/0/1>, Werner Marx<http://arxiv.org/find/cs/1/au:+Marx_W/0/1/0/all/0/1>
Although bibliometrics has been a separate research field for many years, there is still no uniformity in the way bibliometric analyses are applied to individual researchers. Therefore, this study aims to set up proposals how to evaluate individual researchers working in the natural and life sciences. 2005 saw the introduction of the h index, which gives information about a researcher's productivity and the impact of his or her publications in a single number (h is the number of publications with at least h citations); however, it is not possible to cover the multidimensional complexity of research performance and to undertake inter-personal comparisons with this number. This study therefore includes recommendations for a set of indicators to be used for evaluating researchers. Our proposals relate to the selection of data on which an evaluation is based, the analysis of the data and the presentation of the results.
Dr. Dr. habil. Lutz Bornmann
Division for Science and Innovation Studies
Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society
Tel.: +49 89 2108 1265
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Email: bornmann at gv.mpg.de<mailto:bornmann at gv.mpg.de>
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