Non-informetric Factors Influencing Indicator Development

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


This chapter illuminates non-informetric or extra-informetric factors that influence the development of indicators. It illustrates how under the surface of a technical-statistical debate about performance indicators a confrontation takes place between distinct views on what constitutes research performance. It also shows how the development of indicators fits into the wider socio-political context, even though in recent years this development is more and more influenced by internal dynamics.

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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