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Metrics – Measuring Scientific Performance

U.K. Scientific Papers Rank First in CitationsScience 2011. United Kingdom “attracts more citations per pound spent in overall research and development than any other country.” Scientific papers from Britain have the greatest impact in the world when the six most prolific nations are ranked by average number of citations.

Do Metrics Matter?Nature 2010. Many researchers believe that quantitative metrics determine who gets hired and who gets promoted at their institutions. With an exclusive poll and interviews, Nature probes to what extent metrics are really used that way.

How to Improve the Use of MetricsNature 2010. Since the invention of the science citation index in the 1960s, quantitative measuring of the performance of researchers has become ever more prevalent, controversial and influential. Six commentators tell Nature what changes might ensure that individuals are assessed more fairly.

Assessing AssessmentNature 2010. Transparency, education and communication are key to ensuring that appropriate metrics are used to measure individual scientific achievement.

A Profusion of MeasuresNature 2010. Scientific performance indicators are proliferating ? leading researchers to ask afresh what they are measuring and why.

Who?s Better, Who?s Best?Nature Chemistry 2009. There are many different criteria that can be taken into account when judging the scienti?c success of individual researchers, but are some more meaningful than others?

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