Evaluation of research publications and publication channels in astronomy and astrophysics

Eva Kristiina Isaksson, Henrik Vesterinen

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The astronomy community usually turns to the Astrophysics Data System for bibliometrics. When the context is cross-disciplinary, commercial products like Web of Science and Scopus are used along with related analytics tools instead. The results are often tainted by inherent problems in the chosen classification system. A review of the most common challenges and pitfalls is given. Commercial altmetrics products could be added to the evaluation toolbox in the near future despite the fact that they are best suited for promotion instead of evaluation. Norway, Denmark, and Finland have created journal and publisher ranking systems that are used in national funding models. Differences in how astronomy journals are weighed in these systems night be related to the volume of papers published on a national level.
Original languageEnglish
Article number06002
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventLibrary and Information Services in Astronomy: Astronomy Librarianship in the era of Big Data and Open Science - European Doctoral College, Strasbourg, France
Duration: 6 Jun 20179 Jun 2017
Conference number: 8

Fields of Science

  • 115 Astronomy, Space science
  • 518 Media and communications

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