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Standards in scientometric assessments

Introduction

In evaluative scientometrics, standardisation means eliminating or at least decreasing the effect of the factors influencing scientometric indicators that are beyond the control of the individuals or teams assessed. Such factors may depend on the inherent characteristics of each research topic, field or activity, and may contradict the objective viewpoints of comparative assessment. The primary goal of standardising indicators is to make the corresponding scientometric measures comparable across fields with different bibliometric features. Calculating relative indicators – such as RCR, RW or RPS – requires appropriate absolute reference standards.

Finding reference standards is one of ...

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