By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A new study on Information Technology is now available. According to news originating from Munich, Germany, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "Bibliometrics has become an indispensable tool in the evaluation of institutions (in the natural and life sciences). An evaluation report without bibliometric data has become a rarity."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Max-Planck Society, "However, evaluations are often required to measure the citation impact of publications in very recent years in particular. As a citation analysis is only meaningful for publications for which a citation window of at least three years is guaranteed, very recent years cannot (should not) be included in the analysis. This study presents various options for dealing with this problem in statistical analysis. The publications from two universities from 2000 to 2011 are used as a sample dataset (n = 2652, univ 1 = 1484 and univ 2 = 1168). One option is to show the citation impact data (percentiles) in a graphic and to use a line for percentiles regressed on 'distant' publication years (with confidence interval) showing the trend for the 'very recent' publication years. Another way of dealing with the problem is to work with the concept of samples and populations."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The third option (very related to the second) is the application of the counterfactual concept of causality."
For more information on this research see: The problem of citation impact assessments for recent publication years in institutional evaluations. Journal of Informetrics, 2013;7(3):722-729. Journal of Informetrics can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Journal of Informetrics - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/709551)
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from L. Bornmann, Adm Headquarters Max Planck Soc, Div Sci & Innovat Studies, D-80539 Munich, Germany.
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