Profiles, not metrics

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

In this report, we draw attention to the information that is lost when data about researchers and their institutions are squeezed into a simplified metric or league table.

We look at four familiar types of analysis that can obscure real research performance when misused and we describe four alternative visualizations that unpack the richer information that lies beneath each headline indicator and that support sound, responsible research management.