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LSE Impact Handbook April 2011

LSE Impact Handbook April 2011

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Published by: Paulo Lugon Arantes on Feb 16, 2012
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So far we have focused chiefly on finding out which parts of an academic’s
outputs are being cited and achieving influence. Once this information is collated,
it is then possible to look at a range of different indicators or measures of
success.

Some of the concepts discussed in this section (like the h-index versus the
g-index) may sound overly technical or complex. In fact, all of the indicators we
discuss here are relatively straightforward and each is useful in capturing one
facet of the complex picture of academic impact. Any single indicator will have
some things it does well, along with some limitations that need to be borne in
mind. The most useful approach is to take a small set of indicators and create a
well-balanced view of an individual’s citations profile.
We first consider the indicators that are useful in assessing an academic’s
citations records. We next consider how indicators of a journal’s success can be
useful in deciding where to try and place future articles, and how to assess the
comparative dividends from publishing journal articles and from books. Finally
we consider who cites a little and a lot in academic disciplines, often discussed
under the ‘hub’ and ‘authority’ patterns.

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