Metrics of science

Cacioppo, J. T. (2008). Metrics of science. Observer, 21

 Assessments of science are important for many different reasons. For individuals early in their careers, metrics of scientific work can provide valuable feedback about where they stand and the progress they have made. For faculty seeking to hire another member of their department, such metrics can simplify the task of wading through hundreds of applications to identify a subset of applicants to interview. For departmental chairs, these metrics may influence annual raises and the allocation of scarce departmental resources. For university administrators, these metrics help identify faculty who warrant promotion and tenure. For scientific societies, these metrics influence he selection of award recipients across the course of careers. For funding agencies, both public and private, assessments of science help identify areas of progress and vitality that may warrant additional resources. For legislative bodies and boards of directors, measures of science provide a means of documenting performance, ensuring accountability, and evaluating the return on their research investment. Measures of science also can be used for a variety of other purposes, such as identifying the structure of science, the impact of academic journals, influential fields of research that warrant funding or support, and factors that may contribute to the likelihood of discoveries.

Source: APS Observer

(My publication)Posted:Jan 01 2008, 12:00 AM by jcacioppo
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