[Sigmetrics] Professional and Citizen Bibliometrics; preprint version

gopal at annauniv.edu gopal at annauniv.edu
Thu Sep 22 03:01:02 EDT 2016

Dear All,

I am sorry for the delayed response. I am trying to catch up on this thread.

The paper makes an interesting reading.

I wonder how the "following statement" at the beginning of the paper is
scoped in the gamut of scientometrics / bibliometrics.

(the authors contributed equally)

Observation #1:

We need to differentiate the terms Citizen / Denizen / Netizen.

“If we citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our
imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in
nothing and having worthless dreams.”
                                    – Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi

Observation #2:

India has a Citizens' Charter. To the best of my knowledge, it is not
legally enforceable and, therefore, is non-justiciable. However, it is a
systematic commitment of the Organisation towards its Citizens in respects
of Standard of Services, Information, Choice and Consultation,
Non-discrimination and Accessibility, Grievance Redress, Courtesy and
Value for Money. It also outlines the expectations from the Citizen
towards the given organization.

How do we factor such provisions in the Scientometrics / Bibliometrics ?

Your thoughts...

Warmest Regards

Gopal T V
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> Professional and Citizen Bibliometrics: Complementarities and ambivalences
> in the development and use of indicators <http://arxiv.org/abs/1609.04793>
> Loet Leydesdorff, Paul Wouters, and Lutz Bornmann
> Abstract: Bibliometric indicators such as journal impact factors,
> h-indices,
> and total citation counts are algorithmic artifacts that can be used in
> research evaluation and management. These artifacts have no meaning by
> themselves, but receive their meaning from attributions in institutional
> practices. We distinguish four main stakeholders in these practices: (1)
> producers of bibliometric data and indicators; (2) bibliometricians who
> develop and test indicators; (3) research managers who apply the
> indicators;
> and (4) the scientists being evaluated with potentially competing career
> interests. These different positions may lead to different and sometimes
> conflicting perspectives on the meaning and value of the indicators. The
> indicators can thus be considered as boundary objects which are socially
> constructed in translations among these perspectives. This paper proposes
> an
> analytical clarification by listing an informed set of (sometimes
> unsolved)
> problems in bibliometrics which can also shed light on the tension between
> simple but invalid indicators that are widely used (e.g., the h-index) and
> more sophisticated indicators that are not used or cannot be used in
> evaluation practices because they are not transparent for users, cannot be
> calculated, or are difficult to interpret.
> Preprint available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1609.04793
> ** apologies for cross-postings.
>   _____
> Loet Leydesdorff
> Professor, University of Amsterdam
> Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
>  <mailto:loet at leydesdorff.net> loet at leydesdorff.net ;
> <http://www.leydesdorff.net/> http://www.leydesdorff.net/
> Associate Faculty,  <http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/> SPRU, University of
> Sussex;
> Guest Professor  <http://www.zju.edu.cn/english/> Zhejiang Univ.,
> Hangzhou;
> Visiting Professor,  <http://www.istic.ac.cn/Eng/brief_en.html> ISTIC,
> Beijing;
> Visiting Professor,  <http://www.bbk.ac.uk/> Birkbeck, University of
> London;
>  <http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ych9gNYAAAAJ&hl=en>
> http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ych9gNYAAAAJ&hl=en
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