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Abstract

This study of the way macro-indicators can be built from the existing bibliometric sources was undertaken because European countries were facing problems regarding the access to and the availability of the formerly universally used American bibliometric database of SCI (Science Citation Index). Indicators are the tools which allow quantification of the judgement on a policy, whether the look is prospective, strategic, framing, or merely monitoring and eventually assessing the achievement. Indicators sources, reliability and availability are paramount issues for the decision makers. The study's main finding relates to alternative databases to SCI: only those bases derived from SCI entail citations; these bases exhibit serious shortcomings and discrepancies; data availability and updating were less of a serious problem. The study also gives recommendations on how bibliometricians could ensure at more reasonable costs access to aggregated sets of SCI data, and improve them on their own: alternatively acquisition of standards data or on-line access should be negotiated on a concurrential basis with the data providers.

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Authors: MOED H F, CEC Bruxelles (BE);DE BRUIN R E, CEC Bruxelles (BE);NEDERHOF A J, CEC Bruxelles (BE);VAN RAAN A F J, CEC Bruxelles (BE);TIJSSEN R J W, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14582 EN (1992) 82 pp., FS, ECU 10.50
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-4613-0
Record Number: 199211425 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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