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World Wide ResearchReshaping the Sciences and Humanities$
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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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1.2 Identifying Winners and Losers: The Role of Webometrics

1.2 Identifying Winners and Losers: The Role of Webometrics

(p.45) 1.2 Identifying Winners and Losers: The Role of Webometrics
World Wide Research

Mike Thelwall

The MIT Press

Scientometrics is a research field that deals with the measurement of the outputs of science to evaluate scientists and to understand how disciplines and specialisms grow. The results can be used to allocate research funding and to compare research outputs between countries in order to identify areas of strength and weakness as well as patterns of overall improvement or decline. Scientometrics can therefore provide quantitative evidence of winners and losers in e-science. A related concept is “Webometrics” or Webmetrics, in which hyperlinks can behave like citations. This chapter examines the role of Webometrics in identifying winners and losers in e-science, the advantages of Webometrics, and the methods used in Webometrics.

Keywords:   e-science, scientometrics, Webometrics, hyperlinks, citations

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