Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nature Feature on "Metrics"

This week's issue of Nature has a feature on citation metrics and their use. There seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction with their use:

I presume that most people think they are used too much and too indiscriminately. I wish that they were used more in economics in Australia. But as there is a lot of noise in the relationship between paper quality and the number of citations received, deterministic citation metrics shouldn't be used indiscriminately or as the only method of evaluation.

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