Advanced

Introducing 'facilitymetrics': A first review and analysis of commonly used measures of scientific leadership among synchrotron radiation facilities worldwide

Hallonsten, Olof LU (2013) In Scientometrics 96(2). p.497-513
Abstract
Big Science accelerator complexes are no longer mere tools for nuclear and particle physics, but modern-day experimental resources for a wide range of natural sciences and often named instrumental to scientific and technological development for innovation and economic growth. Facilities compete on a global market to attract the best users and facilitate the best science, and advertise the achievement of their users as markers of quality and productivity. Thus a need has risen for (quantitative) quality assessment of science on the level of facilities. In this article, we examine some quantitative performance measurements frequently used by facilities to display quality: technical reliability, competition for access, and publication... (More)
Big Science accelerator complexes are no longer mere tools for nuclear and particle physics, but modern-day experimental resources for a wide range of natural sciences and often named instrumental to scientific and technological development for innovation and economic growth. Facilities compete on a global market to attract the best users and facilitate the best science, and advertise the achievement of their users as markers of quality and productivity. Thus a need has risen for (quantitative) quality assessment of science on the level of facilities. In this article, we examine some quantitative performance measurements frequently used by facilities to display quality: technical reliability, competition for access, and publication records. We report data from the world’s three largest synchrotron radiation facilities from the years 2004–2010, and discuss their meaning and significance by placing them in proper context. While we argue that quality is not possible to completely capture in these quantitative metrics, we acknowledge their apparent importance and, hence, we introduce and propose facilitymetrics as a new feature of the study of modern big science, and as a new empirical focus for scientometrical study, in the hope that future studies can contribute to a deeper, much-needed analysis of the topic. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Productivity, Performance assessment, Quality assessment, Synchrotron radiation facilities, Big Science
in
Scientometrics
volume
96
issue
2
pages
497 - 513
publisher
Akademiai Kiado
external identifiers
  • scopus:84880136396
ISSN
1588-2861
DOI
10.1007/s11192-012-0945-9
language
English
LU publication?
no
id
3de2651c-b5b2-47aa-b671-044af185e743 (old id 4610424)
date added to LUP
2016-04-01 14:36:17
date last changed
2020-12-29 02:55:34
@article{3de2651c-b5b2-47aa-b671-044af185e743,
  abstract     = {Big Science accelerator complexes are no longer mere tools for nuclear and particle physics, but modern-day experimental resources for a wide range of natural sciences and often named instrumental to scientific and technological development for innovation and economic growth. Facilities compete on a global market to attract the best users and facilitate the best science, and advertise the achievement of their users as markers of quality and productivity. Thus a need has risen for (quantitative) quality assessment of science on the level of facilities. In this article, we examine some quantitative performance measurements frequently used by facilities to display quality: technical reliability, competition for access, and publication records. We report data from the world’s three largest synchrotron radiation facilities from the years 2004–2010, and discuss their meaning and significance by placing them in proper context. While we argue that quality is not possible to completely capture in these quantitative metrics, we acknowledge their apparent importance and, hence, we introduce and propose facilitymetrics as a new feature of the study of modern big science, and as a new empirical focus for scientometrical study, in the hope that future studies can contribute to a deeper, much-needed analysis of the topic.},
  author       = {Hallonsten, Olof},
  issn         = {1588-2861},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {497--513},
  publisher    = {Akademiai Kiado},
  series       = {Scientometrics},
  title        = {Introducing 'facilitymetrics': A first review and analysis of commonly used measures of scientific leadership among synchrotron radiation facilities worldwide},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/ws/files/4065476/5369490.pdf},
  doi          = {10.1007/s11192-012-0945-9},
  volume       = {96},
  year         = {2013},
}