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|Title:||E = Pi<sup>2</sup> - the energy of ideas approach to bibliometric research assessment|
|Abstract:||The performance index (<i>p</i>-index) is a composite indicator which can effectively combine size and quality of scientific papers. It is able to complement the <i>h</i>-index and give it better resolving power and at the same time is free of the many limitations that the <i>h</i>-index has. The curious structure of the <i>p</i>-index allows it to be interpreted using an energy argument and here, borrowing from electrical analogy, the power/energy basis for bibliometric research assessment is proposed. The proxy for the energy of ideas turns out to be <i>E = Pi</i><i><sup>2</sup></i><i> </i>where <i>P </i>is measured in the unit in which ideas are conveyed (here, the number of papers) and <i>i </i>is a measure of the rate at which ideas are transmitted as citations (here, a proxy for quality). The energy assessment technique is demonstrated by applying it to the research assessment of the laboratories belonging to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).|
|ISSN:||0975-2404 (Online); 0972-5423 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||ALIS Vol.57(3) [September 2010]|
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