Additional Indexes and Indicators for Assessment of Research Production

  • Nikolay K. VitanovEmail author
Part of the Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Scientific and Scholarly Communication book series (QQASSC)


About forty-five indexes for assessment of research production of single researchers have been discussed in Chap.  2. These indexes are based mainly on citations of publications of the evaluated researcher. The indexes form Chap.  2 can be calculated also for groups of researchers. In addition to indexes from Chap.  2, other indexes useful for assessment of production of groups of researchers may be used. About ninety such indexes are discussed in this chapter. The indexes are grouped in the following classes: simple indexes; indexes for deviation from simple tendency; indexes for difference; indexes for concentration, dissimilarity, coherence, and diversity; indexes for advantage and inequality; indexes for stratified data; indexes for imbalance and fragmentation; indexes based on the concept of entropy; Lorenz curve and associated indexes. In addition, the set of indexes connected to the RELEV method for assessment of scientific research performance within public institutes as well as indicators and indexes for scientific research performance of nations and about comparing national scientific productions are discussed. Finally, we discuss briefly several journal citation measures as well as an example of an application of a geometric tool for detection of scientific elites in a group of institutes on the basis of Lorenz curves.


Knowledge Production Citation Rate Lorenz Curve Stratify Data Relative Citation Rate 
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  1. 1.Institute of MechanicsSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex SystemsDresdenGermany

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