Bibliometric indicators and scientic evaluation; discussing the effect of different measures in a vectorial-dendogram approach
A report on STSM-TD 1210-030414-042036 “RAS paper in progress” at U. Roma, La Sapienza, IT Host : Prof. Ssa. Giulia Rorundo
During my stay at U. Roma, La Sapienza from 2014-04-03 to 2014-04- 12, a paper to be submitted to a peer review journal had to be completed. Its tentative title was/is Bibliometric indicators and scientic evaluation; discussing the effect of different measures in a vectorial-dendogram approach
During my stay at U. Roma, La Sapienza from 2014-04-03 to 2014-04-12, a paper based on joint work about bibliometric indicators and scientic evaluation has been much worked upon. The subject pertains to the following considerations. Bibliometric indicators are increasingly used in the (pre)selection of hiring academic staff and in promotion. The application of bibliometric indicators aims at supporting an effective and objective decision for the best candidate for its scientific institution. But, if the complex nature of scientic knowledge production and the mathematical feature of used indicators are insufficiently understood, the effect can be opposite. The joint paper, resulting from the research work, first outlines various evaluation criteria and related indicators, with a special focus, as an illustrative example, on practices in the recent Italian academic system.
The effect of dierent criteria are discussed, like the value (more precisely ranking) of the best 10 papers, according to their impact factor (IF), published over a given time interval and presented by 5 candidates for an artificial recruitment or promotion process. It is shown that no agreement on the ranking of candidates can be attained, thereby verifying Arrow’s theorem.
Specifically, the interplay between adapted bibliometric indicators (in particular impact factor related) and the distribution of “perceived results by the community” through publications, in such an articial applicant group is mathematically described through the pairwise preference notions used in economics, i.e. establishing the components of the “vector of evaluation criteria”.
During my stay, other relevant activity items can be mentioned. I have met many local colleagues of my host, with fruitful interactions on related subject, including vizualisation of data. I have met a future (Italian) student of my host, to be hopefully working on a related subject to the STSM. I have met a foreign (Albanian) Ph. D. student of the Department, and discussed with him related matter to the STSM. I have met and much interacted with a visitor form another Italian University, U. Macerata, and discussed subjects related to the present STSM.
It can be considered that the goal of the STSM has been well fulfilled, maybe beyond usual expectations. Scientic and social interactions have been quite successful.
April 14, 2014