Appropriate use of metrics in research assessment of autonomous academic institutions

Henk F. Moed

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This paper discusses a subject as complex as the assessment of scientific-scholarly research for evaluative purposes. It focuses on the use of informetric or bibliometric indicators in academic research assessment. It proposes a series of analytical distinctions. Moreover, it draws conclusions regarding the validity and usefulness of indicators frequently used in the assessment of individual scholars, scholarly institutions and journals. The paper criticizes a so called desktop application model based upon a set of simplistic, poorly founded assumptions about the potential of indicators and the essence of research evaluation. It proposes a more reflexive, theoretically founded, two-level model for the use of metrics of academic research assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalScholarly Assessment Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Altmetrics
  • Autonomous universities
  • Bibliometrics
  • Citation analysis
  • Journal impact measures
  • Research assessment
  • Research funding
  • World university rankings


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