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YAG ECR Lunch: the (ab)use of bibliometrics in assessing research impact

When:We 10-11-2021 12:00 - 14:00
Where:Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen

Traditionally, metrics such as h-indexes, journal impact factors and other citation scores play a crucial role in shaping academic careers and research funding. In recent years these metrics have come under growing scrutiny. There are concerns that their usage can reinforce pre-existing biases by tilting the playing field in favour of some disciplines over others, advantage more senior over younger researchers, or male over female academics. While the recognition that they can be highly problematic is increasing, what remains less clear is what should replace them. This ECR lunch aims to foster an open discussion and new ideas about alternatives to the use of established metrics in assessing research quality.

In the first part of the lunch, a keynote address will contextualize the use of metrics and some of their shortcomings. It will be followed by a practical illustration by the RUG’s research impact team of SciVal as an alternative metric that seeks to alleviate some of the most common biases in research impact indicators. In the final part we will discuss the merits and limitations of such alternative metrics, and brainstorm about potential other ways to assess research quality.

When: 10 November, 12-2pm

Where: Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen (not possible to attend online)


  • Casper Albers - Professor Applied statistics and data visualization
  • Shaya Abdolahzadeh - Research Metrics Specialist UG & University Library

Participation in this event is free and lunch is included, but registration is required. Please register below.

Important: If you sign up for the event before October 25th, and you are among the first twenty researchers to sign up, you will be given the option to receive your own personalised SciVal scores before the lunch (opt-in; on voluntary basis). We do need your Researcher ORCID id or Scopus id, as well as the date of your PhD Defence. We ask for this info (only when opt-in) upon registration.