Publish or Perish: Realising Google Scholar's potential to democratise citation analysis
Reports on a presentation at the Google Scholar Day: Changing current evaluation paradigms
- Harzing, A.W. (2017) Publish or Perish: Realising Google Scholar's potential to democratise citation analysis, presented at the Google Scholar day, Madrid, 20 February 2017. Available online...
Unfortunately, easyJet managed to sabotage these plans by cancelling the flight to Madrid after a wait of several hours, so I had to present virtually through Google Hangouts instead. Sadly, this also meant I didn't have an opportunity to meet up with my co-authors from the EC3 group and of course I had to miss the Spanish cuisine and sun! It was also a bit challenging as I couldn't see the audience or the slides and I couldn't even hear the Spanish side. Still... we managed, sort of.
For those of you who are interested in my presentation, you can find it here. I discussed five key topics:
- Brief historical overview of “citizen bibliometrics”, i.e. use of bibliometrics by non-experts
- How Publish or Perish and Google Scholar have democratised citation analysis
- Publish or Perish users: who are they and how do they use PoP?
- Publish or Perish version 5: key new features
- What’s next for citizen bibliometrics?
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Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a select group of distinguished AIB members who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the scholarly development of the field of international business. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.