lunes, octubre 08, 2012

Repositories in Google Scholar Metrics or what is this document type doing in a place as such?


Acabamos de publicar un nuevo trabajo en Cybermetrics. Se trata de un trabajo crítico sobre uno de los últimos productos de la familia Google Scholar: GS Metrics. Se trata de rankings de revistas científicas ordenados en función de su Indice H. En este caso analizamos las consecuencias que tiene la desafortunada decisión de Google Scholar de incluir en dichos listados a repositorios científicos equiparándolos a revistas. Aquí tenéis el resumen:


The present paper analyzes GS Metrics, Google's newest product aiming at ranking journals according to their H-Index. Specifically, we analyze GS Metrics' decision of considering journals and repositories as equal and therefore, including them in the product. In this sense, the authors position themselves against this decision and provide several arguments of different nature warning against the shortcomings this product has. The first one is of a conceptual nature and is related to the definition of journal and repository. Secondly, they refer at the methodological issues mixing repositories and journals can bring out. Then, they deepen on many other flaws GS Metrics presents. Finally, GS Metrics and its possible use as an evaluation tool are discussed and possible solutions to its shortcomings are provided.

 Referencia:
Delgado López-Cózar, Emilio & Robinson-García, Nicolás (2012). Repositories in Google Scholar Metrics or what is this document type doing in a place as such? Cybermetrics, 16(1), paper 4.