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A made-to-measure indicator for cross-disciplinary bibliometric ranking of researchers performance

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  • João Claro

    () (Universidade do Porto)

  • Carlos A. V. Costa

    () (Universidade do Porto)

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Abstract This paper presents and discusses a new bibliometric indicator of research performance, designed with the fundamental concern of enabling cross-disciplinary comparisons. The indicator, called x-index, compares a researcher’s output to a reference set of research output from top researchers, identified in the journals where the researcher has published. It reflects publication quantity and quality, uses a moderately sized data set, and works with a more refined definition of scientific fields. x-index was developed to rank researchers in a scientific excellence award in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. The data set collected for the 2009 edition of the award is used to study the indicator’s features and design choices, and provides the basis for a discussion of its advantages and limitations.

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  • João Claro & Carlos A. V. Costa, 2011. "A made-to-measure indicator for cross-disciplinary bibliometric ranking of researchers performance," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 86(1), pages 113-123, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:86:y:2011:i:1:d:10.1007_s11192-010-0241-5
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-010-0241-5
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    Keywords

    Bibliometric indicators; Research performance; Cross-disciplinarity; Rankings;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation

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