New Methods and Evaluation Criteria of Research Efficiency

Olga Popova, Dmitry Romanov, Boris Popov, Vladimir Karandey, Svetlana Kobzeva, Marina Evseeva

Abstract


This paper is aimed at designing new methods of assessing research efficiency.The well-established h-index is known to be used for assessing a scientist’s productivity. Its introduction in 2005 was a considerable step forwardas compared to such indicator as the ratioof the number of references to researcher’s publications and the number of publications themselves. However, h-index itself has got some shortcomings, the main of which is a weak differentiating capacity – the number of references to author’s most quoted publications stops being a matter of importance upon reaching a certain level. There is an urgent need for designing a researcher’s efficiency assessment method which will keep h-index strengths and make up for its weaknesses. This will allow reaching a more objective evaluation of research output. Methodology of the paper is based on the systemic approach (science is viewed as a social institution inseparable from society), meta-systemic approach (research output is viewed as a meta-system, i.e. a system with relatively independent components), statistically defined probability-based approach (research activities are viewed as a probabilistic process), synergetic approach (science is viewed as a self-organising system), qualimetric approach (research output is viewed as a latent variable resettable by a set of criteria)

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2015.v6n6s5p212


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