The Evaluation of Research By Scientometric Indicators

1st Edition

Authors: Peter Vinkler
Paperback ISBN: 9781843345725
eBook ISBN: 9781780630250
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 20th January 2010
Page Count: 336
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Table of Contents


About the author

List of figures and tables

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Basic categories of scientometrics

Concluding remarks

Chapter 3: Classification of the indicators of evaluative scientometrics


Classification scheme of evaluative indicators

Concluding remarks

Chapter 4: Publication growth in science


Relative publication growth index

Concluding remarks

Chapter 5: Scientific eminence of journals: the Garfield Factor and the Current Contribution Index


Standardised description of the Garfield Factor

Chances for citation and chances for citedness

The Garfield Factor and relative publication growth

Some empirical findings

An empirical model

Towards understanding the Garfield Factor

The GF and the SIC index

Relationship between quantity and quality: growth and specific indices

The Current Contribution Index (CCI)

The πV-index

Concluding remarks

Chapter 6: The ageing of scientific information


Annual citedness and annual citedness rates

Conversion of Journal Paper Citedness indices or Garfield Factors calculated for different time periods

Calculating the Estimated Number of Citations (ENC) by the Subsequent Impact Method (SIM)

Concluding remarks

Chapter 7: Scientometric indicators for the assessment of publications


Definition and function of comparative indicators of evaluative scientometrics

Relationships between three relative impact indicators (RW, RCR, RPS)

The Invitation Paradox

Model for the selection of relative publication impact indicators

Composite scientometric indicators

The h-index and the π-index

Concluding remarks



Aimed at academics, academic managers and administrators, professionals in scientometrics, information scientists and science policy makers at all levels. This book reviews the principles, methods and indicators of scientometric evaluation of information processes in science and assessment of the publication activity of individuals, teams, institutes and countries. It provides scientists, science officers, librarians and students with basic and advanced knowledge on evaluative scientometrics. Especially great stress is laid on the methods applicable in practice and on the clarification of quantitative aspects of impact of scientific publications measured by citation indicators.

Key Features

  • Written by a highly knowledgeable and well-respected scientist in the field
  • Provides practical and realistic quantitative methods for evaluating scientific publication activities of individuals, teams, countries and journals
  • Gives standardized descriptions and classification of the main categories of evaluative scientometrics


Academic librarians working in the sciences, information scientists, and science policy makers


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About the Authors

Peter Vinkler Author

Dr. Peter Vinkler is Scientific Secretary of the Chemical Research Center, Budapest and Director of the Scientific Publication Data Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He worked as Head of the Biocomplex Research Department of the Chemical Research Center for several years. He has published extensively on scientometrics and information science, primarily on the indicators used for the evaluation of publication activities of individuals and teams. He serves as Associate Editor of Scientometrics and regularly reviews publications also for the Journal of Informetrics and Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. In 2009 he was awarded the Derek de Solla Price Medal for his outstanding contributions to the field of quantitative studies of science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary