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Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education
offered by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), today part of Thomson Reuters, tries to measure academic quality by the quotient of received citations divided by the number of articles (both regarding the two latest years). Variants of this factor and similar factors based on alternative or similar concepts are presented in scientometric literature (i.e., measuring quality and value in science) and also briefly in this article.
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Education and Literature for Development in Responsibility: Partnership Hedges Globalization
Gilbert Ahamer (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria & Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria) and Karl A. Kumpfmüller (Graz Univrsity, Austria)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 59
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4458-8.ch027
In order to propose quality assurance for cutting-edge transnational higher education management, this chapter first analyzes data on academic developmental journals while making use of the three widely known literature databases ISI Thomson, Scopus, and Google Scholar; the latter analyzed by the software Publish or Perish (PoP). Time series of data for documents and their citations provide indices; this chapter provides as most helpful indices the ISI impact factor, Scopus SNIP, and PoP AW index. A dozen of the most influential developmental journals are heuristically ranked by taking into account all available indices from all three literature databases. The series of historic bibliometric data since the 1950s shows the dynamics of the global emergence of developmental journals and developmental thought. Secondly, and as a possible template for similar initiatives in global higher education management, this chapter presents the recently established “Global Studies” (GS) Master’s curriculum at Graz University, Austria. Details on this novel curriculum’s targets, modules, courses, and practicals are given. GS embraces six modules and courses from different schools at university. Emphasis is placed on dialogic interdisciplinary understanding and interparadigmatic integration of multiple disciplines and perspectives, when managing education for the purpose of responsibly hedging and managing globalization and socio-economic global change in responsible partnership.
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The impact factor is an instrument for comparing scientific journals and evaluates the importance of each according to the articles published and the citations they have.
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Social Networks and Graph Theory in the Search for Distant Knowledge: Studying the Field of Industrial Engineering
General name where with the set of metrics on documented scientific activity is known, under the logic that this published knowledge should allow generating social and economic effects, as well as being the substrate for the generation of new knowledge.
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Advancement and Application of Scientometric Indicators for Evaluation of Research Content
Impact factor is the citations received by a journal article in scientific literature.
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Selection and Acquisition of Electronic Resources in Academic Libraries: Challenges
It is a measure of the citations to science and social science journals which helps in evaluating the importance of the journal.
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A Bibliometric Investigation of Electronic Word-of-Mouth in Tourism and Hospitality Research
It refers to a metric that expresses the frequency of citation of an article published in a specific period.
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Citation Based Indicators in Evaluation of Quality and Performance of Research and Researchers
A quantitiative measure of the frequency with which the “average article” published in a given scholarly journal has been cited in a particular year or period, developed by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) for use in Journal Citation Reports, a multidisciplinary tool for ranking, evaluating, and comparing journals within subject categories. The indicator is used by serials librarians in collection management, journal publishers in marketing, information analysts in bibliometric research, and authors to identify journals in which to publish. Caution is advised in using the indicator as a measure a journal's prestige for purposes of academic evaluation for tenure or promotion (Reitz, 2004).
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