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The use of bibliometrics in assessments of social scientists


  • Sivertsen, Gunnar


The paper is focused on practical advice for the use of bibliometrics in research assessment in the social sciences. Guidelines are presented from three official sources of advice with a particular focus on individual-level assessments of applications for positions, promotions, and external funding. General problems with applying bibliometrics in evaluations of the social sciences are also discussed, as well as the specific problems with using the Journal Impact Factor and the H-Index. The conclusion is not that bibliometrics should be avoided in research assessment of social scientists. Used with care and competence, bibliometrics can be a valuable extra source of information, but not replace judgement in research evaluation.

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  • Sivertsen, Gunnar, 2022. "The use of bibliometrics in assessments of social scientists," SocArXiv bk4dj, Center for Open Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:osf:socarx:bk4dj
    DOI: 10.31219/

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