Quality Versus Quantity: Assessing Individual Research Performance

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Science Translational Medicine  25 May 2011:
Vol. 3, Issue 84, pp. 84cm13
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3002249


Evaluating individual research performance is a complex task that ideally examines productivity, scientific impact, and research quality—a task that metrics alone have been unable to achieve. In January 2011, the French Academy of Sciences published a report on current bibliometric (citation metric) methods for evaluating individual researchers, as well as recommendations for the integration of quality assessment. Here, I draw on key issues raised by this report and comment on the suggestions for improving existing research evaluation practices.


  • Citation: J.-A. Sahel, Quality Versus Quantity: Assessing Individual Research Performance. Sci. Transl. Med. 3, 84cm13 (2011).

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