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Research Evaluation

Information on the Spanish system of research evaluation and impact indicators.

Evaluation agencies

The Spanish system of evaluation of research activity has mainly two agencies:

ANECA help

Impact indicators

The Spanish system of evaluation of research activity considers three key elements: cited-by metrics, quality of the medium where research is published and dissemination.

Indicador de Impacto 1

Items to check:

JOURNAL ARTICLES: Who cites it - Journal impact factor - Journal quality standards - Databases it is indexed in

BOOKS: Who cites it - Publisher - Reviews – Dissemination

CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS: Where the Conference is indexed at – Where it is published - Dissemination

Indicador de Impacto 2

 The classic impact factor is related to the quality of the medium, since it marks journals as a whole. The most famous and prestigious are the ISI Impact Factor and the h-index (with its variants), which measures the productivity of a researcher as a whole.

There are many resources for understanding these factors, including the University of Saskatchewan Metrics Guide and the Guidelines for Measuring the Impact of a Publication by the University of Leeds

Is there an alternative metrics? The alternative metrics, or 'Altmetrics' considers the dissemination of research in social media as a quality evidence. We recommend reading the article From Bibliometrics to Altmetrics: a changing scholarly landscape by Chin Robin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt.