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The ResearchGate Score: a good example of a bad metric

Kraker, Peter, Jordan, Katy and Lex, Elizabeth (2015) The ResearchGate Score: a good example of a bad metric. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (09 Dec 2015). Website.

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According to ResearchGate, the academic social networking site, their RG Score is “a new way to measure your scientific reputation”. With such high aims, Peter Kraker, Katy Jordan and Elisabeth Lex take a closer look at the opaque metric. By reverse engineering the score, they find that a significant weight is linked to ‘impact points’ – a similar metric to the widely discredited journal impact factor. Transparency in metrics is the only way scholarly measures can be put into context and the only way biases – which are inherent in all socially created metrics – can be uncovered.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 14:14
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2021 23:22

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