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Inscribed and circumscribed by citations: Indicators, impact and quality in the humanities and social sciences
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2012 (English)Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The presentation's focus is the Swedish science policy debates on bibliometrics used for the national funding allocation system for higher education and how it is torn between two qualitatively different systems of research impact measures. At present, the national Swedish bibliometric model recognizes and measure research quality as equivalent of publication and of ”being cited”– how well researchers make themselves cite-able in citation based metrics. However, a public inquiry last year proposed a new model similar to the “Norwegian model” of impact based metrics where high quality is seen as equivalent to the prestige of the publication channels, i.e. the status of the scientific journals and publishers. This model is proposed to be implemented from 2014, barely five years after the introduction of the current model. What are the consequences of such a constant reorganization of funding practices and how does it influence the publishing and research practices of scientists? To discuss this, Swedish humanities research will be used as a case, as it during the last years appears - erroneously it will be argued - to have made a great increase in publication rates in Web of Science. In addition I will discuss the lack of transparency and comparability between the various quantitative models of performance indicators such as the bibliometrics models used at faculty and national levels. All in all, the aim is to provide grounds for discussing how citations as well as other bibliometric variables not just reflect but actually effect the quality of research – how bibliometrics is performative.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
bibliometrics, theory of science, Bibliometrics, Library and information science, Theory of science, Science and technology studies
National Category
Information Studies Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6811Local ID: 2320/11295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-6811DiVA: diva2:887514
Conference
Bibliometrics at the Crossroads Half-day seminar at Chalmers, May 23 2012
Note

Shared keynote event with Blaise Cronin, Indiana University.

Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-03-01Bibliographically approved

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