Posted by: bluesyemre | March 10, 2020

Using #InCites responsibly: A guide to interpretation and good practice (#AndrewGray #UCL and #RobynPrice #ImperialCollegeLondon)


This guide has been created by bibliometric practitioners to support other users of InCites and promote a community of informed and responsible use. The recommendations in this document may be more suited to other academic sector users, but the authors hope that other users may also benefit from the suggestions.

The guide aims to provide plain-English definitions, key strengths and weaknesses and some practical application tips for some of the most commonly-used indicators available in InCites. The indicator definitions are followed by explanations of the data that powers InCites, attempting to educate users on where the data comes from and how the choices made in selecting and filtering data will impact on final results. Also in this document are a comparative table to highlight differences between indicators in InCites and SciVal, another commonly used bibliometric analytic programme, and instructions on how to run group reports.

All of the advice in this document is underpinned by a belief in the need to use InCites in a way that respects the limitations of indicators as quantitative assessors of research outputs. Both of the authors are members of signatory institutions of DORA, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. A summary of advice to using indicators and bibliometric data responsibly is available on pages 4-5 and should be referred to throughout. Readers are also recommended to refer to the official InCites Indicators Handbook produced by Clarivate Analytics.

The guide was written with complete editorial independence from Clarivate Analytics, the owners of InCites. Clarivate Analytics supported the authors of this document with checking for factual accuracy only.

Using InCites Responsibly

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