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Principal Component Analysis of 39 Scientific Impact Measures

Bollen J, Van de Sompel H, Hagberg A, Chute R, 2009 A Principal Component Analysis of 39 Scientific Impact Measures. PLoS ONE 4(6): e6022.
 
Background
 
The impact of scientific publications has traditionally been expressed in terms of citation counts. However, scientific activity has moved online over the past decade. To better capture scientific impact in the digital era, a variety of new impact measures has been proposed on the basis of social network analysis and usage log data. Here we investigate how these new measures relate to each other, and how accurately and completely they express scientific impact.
 
Methodology
 
We performed a principal component analysis of the rankings produced by 39 existing and proposed measures of scholarly impact that were calculated on the basis of both citation and usage log data.
 
Our results indicate that the notion of scientific impact is a multi-dimensional construct that can not be adequately measured by any single indicator, although some measures are more suitable than others. The commonly used citation Impact Factor is not positioned at the core of this construct, but at its periphery, and should thus be used with caution.
 
Received: May 14, 2009; Accepted: May 26, 2009; Published: June 29, 2009
 
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Received as email to several listservs, from Gerry McKiernan (McKiernan, Gerard) [LIB] [gerrymck@iastate.edu], June 29, 2009.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library

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Online access to the ICE Virtual Library is available to the Princeton community. The ICE Virtual Library is a digitized collection of journal articles published within the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) and other titles, from 1836 to the present.

Advances in Engineering Education -- new open access journal

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The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has launched a new open access journal under the editorship of Larry J. Shuman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. “A peer-reviewed journal, Advances in Engineering Education, seeks to highlight significant advances in instruction, pedagogy, technology and assessment that substantially improve learning in the broadest sense. The journal will include descriptions of innovative curricula, courses, and teaching practices both within and outside the classroom. Completed and documented studies will be published as full articles.”

“By focusing on educational developments and practice, the new journal complements the Society’s existing engineering education research publication, Journal of Engineering Education.” The latest issues of this title are in the Engineering Library on the second floor with the current periodicals. Request earlier issues from ReCAP.

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Sept. 18th.

Engineering Open Choice for IMechE (UK) Authors

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http://www.pepublishing.com/strong>Professional Engineering Publishing launches new open access service - 23 Jul 2007

Professional Engineering Publishing (PEP), the publishing arm of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK, has launched a new open access service, Engineering Open Choice, for the engineering community.

Engineering Open Choice gives authors the option of having their published research made available free to anyone throughout the world, on an open access basis. The service is designed to satisfy the needs of the community - authors, funding bodies, readers - who want research material to be made available on an open access basis. It is available to authors of all papers accepted for publication upon payment of a standard fee.

The service will be available in all journals published by Professional Engineering Publishing, particularly the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. All articles will be peer-reviewed to the highest standards, professionally produced, and made available both in print and online at http://journals.pepublishing.com. Engineering Open Choice gives authors the option to choose how they want their research to be published.

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