on the use and abuse of bibliometric performance indicators: a critique of Hix's ‘global ranking of political science departments’

@article{Erne2007onTU,
  title={on the use and abuse of bibliometric performance indicators: a critique of Hix's ‘global ranking of political science departments’},
  author={Roland Erne},
  journal={European Political Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={6},
  pages={306-314}
}
  • R. Erne
  • Published 2 August 2007
  • Education
  • European Political Science
Bibliometric measures, as provided by the Social Science Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information, certainly represent a useful tool for librarians and researchers. However, although librarian scientists have shown that the use of journal impact factors to evaluate the performance of academics is misleading, some authors continue to promote bibliometric metrics to assess the productivity of academic departments and even the entire European academic community. Taking an… 
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