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Inside Higher Ed (12/15/09) Kolowich, Steve

Indiana University computer scientists have developed the Tenurometer, a
tool for evaluating the impact of scholars in their field.  Tenurometer
counts the number of contributions to the literature and how frequently
articles have been cited.  Tenurometer uses the h-index, which combines
the scholarly output with the influence of the work, but adds the
universal h-index to measure how experts from other disciplinary
backgrounds are impacted by the research.  "We have computer scientists,
and physicists, and we have social scientists, and people from many
different backgrounds, who publish in lots of different areas," says
Indiana professor Filippo Menczer.  However, the various communities have
different citation methods and different publishing traditions, making it
difficult to compare the influence of a sociologist and a computer
scientist, for example.  The universal h-index controls for differences in
the publishing traditions, as well as the amount of research scholars in
various fields have to produce to make an impact.  Menczer is especially
excited about the potential to help show how the disciplines are merging
into one another.

ME: But no networking metrics?
 Barry Wellman

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