Friday, October 4, 2013

Citations of research papers

Mathematical model allows the success of publications — and perhaps scientists — to be forecasted. (Nature:News 3 Oct 2013)
 “It sounds like a science administrator’s dream — or a scientist's worst nightmare: a formula that predicts how often research papers will be cited. But a team of data scientists now says it could be possible. They report today that a simple model allows reasonably accurate predictions of a paper’s future performance on the basis of about five years of its citation history…….”

Some other links which may be of interest:

Halt the avalanche of performance metrics: 

Let's make science metrics more scientific

Metrics: Do metrics matter?

Are scientific reputations boosted artificially?

Metrics: A profusion of measures

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