STI conference Leiden--Quality standards for evaluation indicators

Yves Gingras gingras.yves at UQAM.CA
Thu Aug 28 10:43:51 EDT 2014

Hello all

Here is an importnt document about good and bad indicators to add up to the
discussion on research evaluation:

The whole report is free in pdf.

Best regards

Yves Gingras

Le 27/08/14 20:21, « Ismael Rafols » <ismaelrafols at> a écrit :

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> Dear all,
> to warm up forweek in the ST Indicators Conference in Leiden, let us share the
> topic of a debate:
> Quality standards for evaluation indicators: Any chance for the dream to come
> true?
> Special session at the STI-ENID conference in Leiden, 3 September
> 2014, 16-17.30h 
> Organisers: Ismael Rafols (INGENIO & SPRU), Paul Wouters (CWTS, Leiden
> University), Sarah de Rijcke (CWTS, Leiden University)
> Location:  Aalmarkt-hall, Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden
> There is a growing realization in the scientometrics community of the need to
> offer clearer guidance to users and further develop standards for professional
> use of bibliometrics in research evaluations. Indeed the STI-ENID Conference
> 2014 has the telling sub-title ŒContext Matters¹. This session continues from
> the 2013 ISSI and STI conferences in Vienna and Berlin, where full plenary
> sessions were convened on the need for standards in evaluative bibliometrics,
> and the ethical and policy implications of individual-level bibliometrics. The
> need to debate these issues has come to the forefront in light of reports that
> uses of certain easy-to-use metrics for evaluative purposes have become a
> routine part of academic life, despite misgivings within the profession itself
> about its validity. Very recently high-profile movements against certain
> metric indicators (e.g. the DORA declaration about the Journal Impact Factor)
> have brought possible misuses of metrics further to the center of attention.
> There may be a growing need for standards ­ also to promote for accountability
> of scientometricians as experts.
> Indeed the relationship between scientometricians and end-users has been
> changing over the years due to factors like: 1. Increasing demands for
> bibliometric services in research management at various levels of aggregation,
> 2. New capacities and demands for performance information through the greater
> availability of new research technologies and their applications, and 3. The
> emergence of ³citizen bibliometrics² (i.e. bibliometrics carried out by
> non-expert end-users) due to larger availability of data and indicators. Some
> of these developments may result in new opportunities for research
> contributions and information-use, and may increase effectiveness of
> bibliometrics due to more advanced indicators and increased availability of
> data sets (including web data). Yet some innovations also risk bypassing the
> quality control mechanisms of fields like scientometrics and the standards
> they promote. The implications of this increasing scope and intensity of
> bibliometric practices requires a concerted response from scientometrics to
> produce more explicit guidelines and expert advice on good scientometric
> practices for specific evaluative practices such as recruitment, grant awards,
> institutional or national benchmarking. 
> This special session will bring together scientometric experts,
> representatives of funding agencies, policy makers and opinion leaders on the
> role of metrics in research assessment to discuss the extent to which moving
> towards clearer, standardised guidelines over usage and consultancy can be
> achieved, both technically and strategically, and what the guidelines should
> look like concretely.
> ---
> Background material:
> - Report on International workshop "Guidelines and good practices on
> quantitative assessments of research" (OST, Paris, 12 May 2014):
> <
> > 
> - Blogposts Paul Wouters on previous debates at the ISSI and STI conferences
> in 2013, and on the DORA declaration:
> searchers/ 
> <
> -of-individual-researchers%2f>
> searchers-the-debate-in-berlin/
> <
> -of-individual-researchers-the-debate-in-berlin%2f>
> uation-culture-in-science/
> <
> us-for-a-new-evaluation-culture-in-science%2f>
> - Information on the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
> "Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment" + SPRU
> response
> -under-review/ 
> <
> search-assessment-under-review%2f>
> <
> &site=25 
> <
> -response-final.pdf%26site%3d25>
> - Opinion article for JASIST by Sarah de Rijcke and Alex Rushforth "To
> intervene, or not to intervene; is that the question? On the role of
> scientometrics in research evaluation."
> _preprint2014.pdf
> <
> ushforth_jasist_preprint2014.pdf>

Yves Gingras

Département d'histoire
Centre interuniversitaire de recherche
sur la science et la technologie (CIRST)
Chaire de recherche du Canada en histoire
et sociologie des sciences
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