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Front. Res. Metr. Anal. | doi: 10.3389/frma.2018.00005

Eugene Garfield’s influences upon the future of evaluative informetrics

  • 1Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

This contribution highlights Eugene Garfield’s influences upon the author’s views and proposals. In addition, it presents the author’s perspective on the future of evaluative informetrics, based on his monograph Applied Evaluative Informetrics published in September 2017. It discusses main criticisms against the current practices in the use of informetric indicators in research assessment, and sketches a series alternative approaches.

Keywords: Citation analysis, research assessment, Eugene Garfield, Co-citation analysis, Journal Impact Factor, Future perspective

Received: 13 Dec 2017; Accepted: 01 Feb 2018.

Edited by:

Staša Milojević, Indiana University Bloomington, United States

Reviewed by:

Philipp Mayr, Leibniz Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (GESIS), Germany
Carlos Olmeda-Gómez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain  

Copyright: © 2018 Moed. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Henk F. Moed, Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy, hf.moed@gmail.com