The association between four citation metrics and peer rankings of research influence of Australian researchers in six fields of public health

Elizabeth Derrick, Gemma and Haynes, Abby and Chapman, Simon and Hall, Wayne D. (2011) The association between four citation metrics and peer rankings of research influence of Australian researchers in six fields of public health. PLoS ONE, 6 (4). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Doubt about the relevance, appropriateness and transparency of peer review has promoted the use of citation metrics as a viable adjunct or alternative in the assessment of research impact. It is also commonly acknowledged that research metrics will not replace peer review unless they are shown to correspond with the assessment of peers. This paper evaluates the relationship between researchers' influence as evaluated by their peers and various citation metrics representing different aspects of research output in 6 fields of public health in Australia. For four fields, the results showed a modest positive correlation between different research metrics and peer assessments of research influence. However, for two fields, tobacco and injury, negative or no correlations were found. This suggests a peer understanding of research influence within these fields differed from visibility in the mainstream, peer-reviewed scientific literature. This research therefore recommends the use of both peer review and metrics in a combined approach in assessing research influence. Future research evaluation frameworks intent on incorporating metrics should first analyse each field closely to determine what measures of research influence are valued highly by members of that research community. This will aid the development of comprehensive and relevant frameworks with which to fairly and transparently distribute research funds or approve promotion applications.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 77507
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2016 11:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 07:56
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/77507

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