Information on the Spanish system of research evaluation and impact indicators.
The Spanish system of evaluation of research activity has mainly two agencies:
- Comisión Nacional Evaluadora de la Actividad Investigadora (CNEAI) performing the evaluation of research activity of university teaching staff and of the CSIC scientific scales staff with economic purposes (sexenios).
- Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación (ANECA) evaluating the curriculum vitae of the applicants for access to the different scales of university teaching staff.
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.
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
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.
- Measurement tools, scope of publication and dissemination vary for the Humanities and the Social Sciences. We recommend reading the presentation by the EC3 Research Group, from the University of Granada, Cómo solicitar los sexenios de investigación en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades: criterios, procedimientos y herramientas.