Archive for September, 2007

New Metric for Faculty Impact

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

An article in the August 2007 issue of Nature, “Achievement Index Climbs the Ranks” by Philip Ball, discusses the “h-index,” a metric proposed by Jorge Hirsch at UC San Diego that ranks researchers by the number n of their papers that have all received at least n citations. Under this ranking index, Deborah Estrin of UCLA’s Computer Science Department has been ranked number two worldwide in the field of computer science. Her score of “68″ means that sixty-eight of her papers have been cited at least sixty-eight times each. Proponents of the h-index feel that it is substantially better than other indices and that it even predicts future productivity better than does a record of past productivity.

AAP PRISM Program Criticized

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

An article in the September 11 Chronicle of Higher Education reports on criticism by university presses and research librarians of the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine (PRISM) program.  PRISM attacks open-access means of scholarly publishing by equating them with “government inference in the scholarly communication process,” while critics contend that its rhetoric is inaccurate and that it does not reflect the viewpoints of all AAP members.