This issue focuses on the theme of “evaluation.” Increasingly we live in a world of metrics guiding organizations and individuals, including researchers assessing their performance and patients seeking medical care.
Regarding how organizations are approaching evaluation, the article by Steve Carroll takes a look at how Elsevier is assessing our own performance and the case study explains the importance of standards to assessing nursing excellence at a medical facility.
Regarding research evaluation, several articles may especially grab your attention. Seogwon Hwang gives us the big picture on R&D evaluation and urges us to look at diverse metrics. Jorge Hirsch explains why he created the h-index and how it could be improved. And Chrysanne Lowe presents thoughts about the importance of reputation when it comes to measuring impacts of university faculty, the university itself and the research they produce.
As it’s not sporting to give away the plot completely, I’ll let you explore and discover all the rest this issue offers. As you search or browse, I’m sure you’ll second my motion that we offer a big “Thanks!” to all the contributors.
David Tempest, Associate Director, Scientometrics & Knowledge Management,
Global Academic & Customer Relations Department, Elsevier, Oxford, UK
Elsevier Foundation news you can use
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