Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics: Open Access Journal

The Open Access Journal of "Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics" provides a global stage for presenting, discussing and developing issues concerning ethics in science, environmental politics, and ecological and economic ethics. This journal can be accessed also through A-to-Z List.
Quantifying the relative performance of individual scholars, groups of scholars, departments, institutions, provinces/states/regions and countries has become an integral part of decision-making over research policy, funding allocations, awarding of grants, faculty hirings, and claims for promotion and tenure. Bibliometric indices (based mainly upon citation counts), such as the h-index and the journal impact factor, are heavily relied upon in such assessments. There is a growing consensus, and a deep concern, that these indices — more-and-more often used as a replacement for the informed judgement of peers — are misunderstood and are, therefore, often misinterpreted and misused.
The articles in this Theme Section present a range of perspectives on these issues. Alternative approaches, tools and metrics that will hopefully lead to a more balanced role for these instruments are presented.
Vol. 8(1)
* Browman HI, Stergiou KIINTRODUCTION: Factors and indices are one thing, deciding who is scholarly, why they are scholarly, and the relative value of their scholarship is something else entirely
* Campbell P.: Escape from the impact factor
* Lawrence PA.: Lost in publication: how measurement harms science
* Todd PA, Ladle RJ.: Hidden dangers of a ‘citation culture’
* Taylor M, Perakakis P, Trachana V.: The siege of science
* Cheung WWL.: The economics of post-doc publishing
* Tsikliras AC.: Chasing after the high impact
* Zitt M, Bassecoulard E.: Challenges for scientometric indicators: data demining, knowledge flows measurements and diversity issues
* Harzing AWK, van der Wal R.: Google Scholar as a new source for citation analysis
* Pauly D, Stergiou KI.: Re-interpretation of ‘influence weight’ as a citation-based Index of New Knowledge (INK)
* Giske J.: Benefitting from bibliometry
* Butler L.: Using a balanced approach to bibliometrics: quantitative performance measures in the Australian Research Quality Framework
* Bornmann L, Mutz R, Neuhaus C, Daniel HD.: Citation counts for research evaluation: standards of good practice for analyzing bibliometric data and presenting and interpreting results
* Harnad S.: Validating research performance metrics against peer rankings
Have a look at the previous years publications:
2007: Vol. 7
Articles on: Climate Change; Urban sprawl; Ramsey Model for Climate Change Assessment
Vol. 6
Articles on: Environmental Assessment in Chile; Environmental Ethics for Global Warming
Vol. 5
Articles on: Ecological crisis; sustainability ethics; Results from two citation analysis - ISI and Scholar Google

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