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Beyond coverage: Toward a bibliometrics for the humanities
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1504-8395
2016 (English)In: Research Assessment in the humanities: Towards criteria and procedures / [ed] Michael Oshsner, Sven E. Hug & Hans-Dieter Daniel, Springer, 2016, 115-131 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

 In this chapter, the possibility of using bibliometric measures for

evaluating research in the humanities is pondered. A review of recent attempts to

develop bibliometric methods for studying the humanities shows that organizational,

epistemological differences as well as distinct research practices in research fields

ought to be considered. The dependence on colleagues, interdisciplinarity and the

‘rural’ nature of research in many humanistic disciplines are identified as factors

that influence the possibilities of applying bibliometric methods. A few particularly

promising approaches are highlighted, and the possibility of developing a ‘bibliometrics

for the humanities’ is examined. Finally, the intellectual characteristics of

specific disciplines should be considered when quality indicators are constructed, and

the importance of including scholars from the humanities in the process is stressed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2016. 115-131 p.
Keyword [en]
Humanities, bibliometrics, research evaluation, assessment
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-10058DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-29016-4_10OAI: diva2:938709
Available from: 2016-06-17 Created: 2016-06-17 Last updated: 2016-08-05Bibliographically approved

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