The Metric Tide
Final Report with executive summary
Citations, journal impact factors, h-indices, even tweets and Facebook likes – there are no end of quantitative measures that can now be used to try to assess the quality and wider impacts of research.
How robust and reliable are such metrics, and what weight – if any – should we give them in the future management of research systems at the national or institutional level?
These questions were explored by the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management.