volume 47, issue 6, P6.17-6.18 2006
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4004.2006.47617.x
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Frank P Pijpers

Abstract: Scientific output varies between research fields and between disciplines within a field such as astrophysics. Even in fields where publication is the primary output, there is considerable variation in publication and hence in citation rates. Data from the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System is used to illustrate this problem and argue against a "one size fits all" approach to performance metrics, especially over the short time-span covered by the Research Assessment Exercise (soon underway in the UK).Com…

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