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.
The 2008, Vol. 8(1) is dedicated to The use and misuse of bibliometric indices in evaluating scholarly performance.
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.
* 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
2006: Vol. 6
2006: Vol. 6
Articles on: Environmental Assessment in Chile; Environmental Ethics for Global Warming
2005: Vol. 5
2005: Vol. 5
Articles on: Ecological crisis; sustainability ethics; Results from two citation analysis - ISI and Scholar Google