New from the Institute for Scientific Information: Beyond single-point metrics

In the complex matter of assessing research and researchers, simple metrics have their place. For example, when used advisedly in properly limited and matched comparisons, the h-index measurement – which specifies the convergence point of an author’s productivity and citation impact – can identify influential researchers in a precisely defined field. Similarly, the Journal Impact […]

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 […]