The Evaluation of Scholarly Books as Research Output. Current Developments in Europe.

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The relevance and value of books in scholarly communication from both sides, the scholars who chose this format as a communication channel and the instances assessing the scholarly and scientific output is undisputed. Nevertheless, the absence of worldwide comprehensive databases covering the items and information needed for the assessment of this type of publication has urged several European countries to develop custom-built information systems for the registration of books, weighting procedures and funding allocation practices enabling a proper assessment of books and book-type publications. For the first time, these systems make the assessment of books as a research output feasible. This paper resumes the main features of the assessment systems developed in five European countries / regions (Spain, Denmark, Flanders, Finland and Norway), focusing on the processes involved in the collection and processing of data on books, weighting, as well as their application in the context of research funding assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 29th June to 4th July, 2015
EditorsAlbert Ali Salah, Yasar Tonta, Alkim Almila Akdag Salah, Cassidy Sugimoto, Umut Al
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationBogazici University
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-975-518-381-7
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventProceedings of ISSI 2015 Istanbul: 15th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference, - Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 29 Jun 20153 Jul 2015
Conference number: 15


ConferenceProceedings of ISSI 2015 Istanbul: 15th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference,
LocationBoğaziçi University

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