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Inscribed and circumscribed by citations – Indicators, impact and quality in the humanities and social sciences

Författare och institution:
Gustaf Nelhans (Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori)
Publicerad i:
Design and displacement Annual Meeting of the Society for the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). Copenhagen, Denmark October 17-20, 2012, s. 247
Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This paper will focus on the science policy debates regarding bibliometric impact measures in the Swedish national allocation system for funding at higher education level in between two systems of impact measure. In the various bibliometric models the recognition of high qualitative research is either based on process of ”being cited” as translated into the problem for researchers to make themselves cite-able in the system of citation based metrics and in publishing in the most ”prestigious channels” in impact based systems. Since 2008 a bibliometric model based of performance based indicators (i.e. citation based bibliometric indicators) has been in place at the national level, but after much debate a new public inquiry, with the instruction to evaluate how panel based evaluations of quality of research could complement the bibliometric indicators has been performed. The investigator, however, rejected this idea and instead, a system of indicators based on publication channel impact was suggested to replace the present citation based allocation system in in the fiscal year 2014. What are the consequences of the constant reorganization of funding practices and how do they influence the publishing behaviour of the practicing researchers within academia? A case based on performance by Swedish humanities scholars who appear to have made a 40 per cent increase in publication rates in the Web of Science databases is discussed. The lack of transparency between various levels of aggregation in quality assessment (e.g. department, faculty, national level) will also be discussed.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap ->
Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Filosofi ->
bibliometrics, scientometrics, STS, humanities, social sciences
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Posten skapad:
2012-10-26 11:01
Posten ändrad:
2013-01-08 13:07

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