When evaluating the quality and impact of research, quantitative, or so called, bibliometric indicators are applied. There are different methods of measuring research publications, but they are mainly based on published research article citations. The indicators are used to make comparisons, when appointing someone, or as a basis of allocation of funding.
In some disciplines, mainly science, technology and medicine, data from one or two citation databases tend to be used. The more publications that cite a given publication, the higher the score, or ranking, will be for that publication. In the humanities, the publishing traditions are usually different, which affects the possible ways in which research can be measured.
There are different types of calculations for measuring citations.
The commercial database publishers offer different indicators to measure citations.
Evaluating publishing at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology
Data registered in Lund University’s research information system LUCRIS is compiled for evaluation purposes on a yearly basis.
On both a local and a national level, efforts are made to develop suitable methods to evaluate publishing in different disciplines. Data from the two large citatation databases, Web of Science and Scopus cannot be utilised for the humanities and theology due to insufficient representation.
In 2007/2008 a Lund University evaluation, RQ-08, was carried out.
In 2013/2014 an evaluation, HTRQ14 (link to page with PDF), was carried out at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology.