Major Problems in the Use of Informetric Indicators

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


This chapter discusses a series of main problems in the use of informetric indicators for evaluative purposes: the problem of assessing individual scholars; the effect of a limited time horizon; the problem of assessing societal impact; the effects of the use of indicators upon authors and editors; constitutive effects of indicators; and the need for an evaluative framework and an assessment model.


ACUMEN portfolio Editorial self-citations Evaluative bibliometrics Indicator manipulation Individual research performance Professional contacts Publication repositories Research assessment exercise Research excellence framework Science-technology helix Social merit 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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