Research Indicators Presentation

Presenters: Mark Robertson, Rob van der Bliek

Abstract: Citation data has commonly been used by funders and administrators as a way to measure the quality and impact of research. The use of these data for this purpose is controversial since these measures disadvantage the humanities and social sciences. After a brief introduction to the sources of this data, we will be examining some of the reasons why these data are biased towards the sciences and they effect this has on York University. We will open this up to a discussion of the role of the Libraries in the measurement of research.


Suggested reading:
Feasibility of Open Access Publishing for Journals Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada

The Use of Bibliometrics in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Further reading
York Libraries Research Frontier session: Use and abuse of citation data