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Citation analysis as a measure of the impact of research

Nightingale, J and Marshall, G 2011, 'Citation analysis as a measure of the impact of research' , Radiography . (In Press)

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    The research-related performance of universities, as well as that of individual researchers, is increasingly evaluated through the use of objective measures, or metrics, which seek to support or in some cases even replace more traditional methods of peer review. In particular there is a growing awareness in research communities, government organisations and funding bodies around the concept of using evaluation metrics to analyse research citations. The tools available for ‘citation analysis’ are many and varied, enabling a quantification of scientific quality, research impact and prestige. However there is increasing concern regarding the potential misuse of such tools, which all have potential limitations in certain research disciplines. This article uses ‘real world’ examples from radiography research and scholarship to illustrate the range of currently available citation analysis tools. It explores the academic debate surrounding their strengths and limitations, and identifies the potential impact of citation analysis on the radiography research community. The article concludes that citation analysis is a valuable tool for researchers to use for personal reflection and research planning, yet there are inherent dangers if it is used inappropriately. Whilst citation analysis can give objective information regarding an individual, research group, journal or higher education institution, it should not be used as a total substitute for traditional qualitative review and peer assessment.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
    Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Radiography
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1078-8174
    Depositing User: JM Nightingale
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 11:19
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:45

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