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Thursday, November 08, 2007

OA improves metrics, and metrics improve research assessment

Stevan Harnad, UUK report looks at the use of bibliometrics, Open Access Archivangelism, November 8, 2007.  Excerpt:

Comments on UUK Press Release 8 November 2007:
UUK report looks at the use of bibliometrics

...Bibliometrics are probably the most useful of a number of variables that could feasibly be used to measure research performance....

There are data limitations where researchers' outputs are not comprehensively catalogued in bibliometrics databases.
The obvious solution for this is Open Access: All UK researchers should deposit all their research output in their Institutional Repositories (IRs). Where it is not possible to set access to a deposit as OA, access can be set as Closed Access, but the bibliographic metadata will be there. (The IRs will not only provide access to the texts and the metadata, but they will generate further metrics, such as download counts, chronometrics, etc.) ...

Update. Also see Stevan's follow-up, November 9, 2007.