Scientific research activity and communication measured with cybermetrics indicators

Scientific research activity and communication measured with cybermetrics indicators To test feasibility of cybermetric indicators for describing and ranking university activities as shown in their Web sites, a large set of 9,330 institutions worldwide was compiled and analyzed. Using search engines' advanced features, size (number of pages), visibility (number of external inlinks), and number of rich files (pdf, ps, doc, ppt, and xls formats) were obtained for each of the institutional domains of the universities. We found a statistically significant correlation between a Web ranking built on a combination of Webometric data and other university rankings based on bibliometric and other indicators. Results show that cybermetric measures could be useful for reflecting the contribution of technologically oriented institutions, increasing the visibility of developing countries, and improving the rankings based on Science Citation Index (SCI) data with known biases. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Wiley

Scientific research activity and communication measured with cybermetrics indicators

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
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1532-2882
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1532-2890
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10.1002/asi.20433
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Abstract

To test feasibility of cybermetric indicators for describing and ranking university activities as shown in their Web sites, a large set of 9,330 institutions worldwide was compiled and analyzed. Using search engines' advanced features, size (number of pages), visibility (number of external inlinks), and number of rich files (pdf, ps, doc, ppt, and xls formats) were obtained for each of the institutional domains of the universities. We found a statistically significant correlation between a Web ranking built on a combination of Webometric data and other university rankings based on bibliometric and other indicators. Results show that cybermetric measures could be useful for reflecting the contribution of technologically oriented institutions, increasing the visibility of developing countries, and improving the rankings based on Science Citation Index (SCI) data with known biases.

Journal

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and TechnologyWiley

Published: Aug 1, 2006

References

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    Björneborn, Björneborn; Ingwersen, Ingwersen
  • Web crawling reliability
    Cothey, Cothey
  • The calculation of Web impact factors
    Ingwersen, Ingwersen
  • Accessibility of information on the Web
    Lawrence, Lawrence; Giles, Giles
  • Webometrics: An introduction to the special issue
    Thelwall, Thelwall; Vaughan, Vaughan

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