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Four Claims on Research Assessment and Metric Use in the Humanities
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1504-8395
2017 (English)In: Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, ISSN 1931-6550, E-ISSN 1550-8366, Vol. 43, no 5, 33-38 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Bibliometric evaluation for research in the field of sciences can be a good way toassess the quality and factual basis of claims and can lead to more funding forauthors and for research work. However, due to the more diverse fields covered, thistype of evaluation is less effective in the world of humanities. Many professionalsand researchers in humanities fields believe that bibliometric evaluation is meantonly for STEM research and can’t properly assess any findings made in humanities.Four common claims made about bibliometrics in humanities are that bibliometricsdo not adequately cover the non-uniform nature of humanities; greater bibliometriccoverage will not solve all the research problems in humanities subjects; metrics usealready has an impact on humanities research practices and finally; other evaluationmethods, like altmetrics, are conventional.

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2017. Vol. 43, no 5, 33-38 p.
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humanities, bibliometrics, evaluation, research and development, citation analysis, altmetrics
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Information Studies
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-12562OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-12562DiVA: diva2:1139722
Available from: 2017-09-08 Created: 2017-09-08 Last updated: 2017-09-19Bibliographically approved

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