Scientific/academic impact of journals – citation based and other indicators
2018.09.27 — 16:00-17:30
Peter Schulz – Professor Titular, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Faculdade de Ciências Aplicadas; Secretário de Comunicação, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)
Vincent Larivière – Associate Professor, Université de Montréal, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information; Scientific Director, Érudit; Associate Scientific Director, Observatoire des sciences et des technologies
Rogério Mugnaini – Docente, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Departamento de Informação e Cultura & Coordenador, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA), Núcleo de Pesquisa e Tecnologia em Produção Científica
Fernanda Beigel – Investigadora Principal, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET); Profesora Titular, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales; Directora, Programa de Investigaciones sobre Dependencia Académica en América Latina (PIDAAL)
Ronaldo Araujo – Líder, Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL), Instituto de Ciências Humanas, Comunicação e Artes (ICHCA), Laboratório de Estudos Métricos da Informação na Web (Lab-iMetrics); Professor Adjunto, Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL), Instituto de Ciências Humanas, Comunicação e Artes (ICHCA)
This panel addresses the application of bibliometric and scientometric methods applied in the assessment of journals and the research they publish.
The measurement of impact of scientific journals through citations has its origin in the documentalists activities at the late nineteenth century to organize the publications of specific areas. The unfolding of these efforts soon undertook quantitative approaches aiming at understanding trends which allowed us to establish, for example, the nucleus of journals and authors in the various areas, making it an important input for science historians and sociologists.
Regarding the treatment of scientific information, the essays of the first half of the twentieth century were materialized into a system that would offer a new form of information retrieval – in the diachronic sense – allowing to identify the relation that literature establishes from the publishing of an article. This relationship, which expresses the repercussion of a new knowledge in the literature, did not take much time to attribute the idea of scientific impact, whose expression occurs through citations. The citation index then revolutionizes the way of accessing literature in the second half of that century, at the same time as it becomes a unique source for impact indicators, which from there would represent the world science in evaluative processes around of the world.
At the turn of the twenty first century, many factors – such as subscription costs, the underrepresentation of the scientific literature of non-English-speaking countries, as well as the different practices of scientific communication among areas of knowledge – have given rise to initiatives aimed at broader sources of information, while at the same time facilitating free access to scientific information. However, besides the access issue, the already established need for impact measurement could not be ignored in order to provide the consolidated processes of evaluation of scientific output with more adequate indicators.
In this sense, it is necessary that the new information sources, taking advantage of the new methodologies proposed by the community specialized in quantitative methods of science evaluation, may contribute with indicators that make the assessment of national (Brazilian) scientific output more adequate to the national scenario. In doing so, it is hoped that the group’s discussions will contribute not only to evidence the best that has been produced locally, but also to allow scientific journals edited nationally, particularly those of the SciELO Network, to have their impact recognized, allowing circulation of global and inclusive scientific knowledge.
Information sources for generating impact indicators; specificity of the culture of scientific communication in the different areas, especially the Human and Social Sciences; the limitations of the Impact Factor and mainstream journal-based indicators; methodologies for generating alternative impact indicators; national assessment systems and the use of bibliometric indicators; multilingualism and journals from non-English-speaking countries; the circulation of scientific knowledge and the types of journals.
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