JCR 2018

Metaphor and Metrics

Instead of a basket, or a tide, let’s talk about metrics as mosaic.   Images influence how we think.  That’s why metaphors matter.  They can clarify and improve our understanding of complex concepts.  They can both reflect and shape our attitudes. The metaphors of journal metrics started with “impact.” Impact[1]:       a : to […]

Counting is easy; metrics are difficult

In assessment and metrics, it is increasingly the case that anyone can produce a count: a count of views, a count of shares, a count of comments, a count of downloads from this site or from that repository, a count of link-outs and link-backs and social activity.