The Way Forward in Quantitative Research Assessment

  • Henk F. Moed
Part of the Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Scientific and Scholarly Communication book series (QQASSC)


This chapter reflects on the assumptions underlying current practices in the use of informetric indicators in research assessment, and proposes a series of alternative approaches, indicating their pros and cons. The proposals relate to: measurement of communication effectiveness; new indicators of multi-dimensional research output and impact; the definition and application of minimum performance standards; academic policies towards the world university ranking systems; and an alternative approach to performance-based funding.


Journal internationality Accreditation Actual influence Book publishers Communication effectiveness Journal functions Leiden ranking Libcitations Magical thinking Matthew effect National journals Open access Potential influence QS world university rankings Research training Scientifically developing countries Specialist journals Target audience THE world university rankings U-Multirank World university rankings 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henk F. Moed
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  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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