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Stakes and players in the assessment of scientific publications  

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  • Bibliometrics  
  • Governmental assessment agencies  
  • Indicators  
  • International rankings  
  • LOLF (French organic law on finance regulations)  
  • Peer assessment  

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Assessment in research is an instrument to measure its quality and to help enhance its efficiency.

  • Qualitative peer assessment as practiced in the early days of modern science (reading publications, interviews, measuring the impact of discoveries…) is now rivalled by a quantitative assessment: bibliometrics.
  • Bibliometrics assess research activity by applying statistics-based methods to scientific publications (article bibliographies, article signatures, occurrences and co-occurrences of key words and authors, …). It is used to measure the scientific production and popularity of researchers, laboratories, universities, countries, research fields…
  • This bibliometric assessment aims to mitigate the pitfalls of peer assessment. Localism, subjectivity, conflicts of interest…
  • Within the French context of budgetary restrictions (LOLF) to which research is not immune, bibliometric indicators have become increasingly popular to rationalise public spending.

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Le Rudulier, Isabelle, Belghit, Karim. "Stakes and players in the assessment of scientific publications". In UEB (Université Européenne de Bretagne). Form@doct. Rennes : UEB, 2010 (last updated on 7 mai 2014). Available atURL:


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