Research evaluation and bibliometric indicators

In an academic world where the research is evolving faster and where the internationalization has an increasingly weight, governments, universities and research institutions are working together to build new evaluation indicators for research.

In today's press review you can find an interesting article (from "Terra") about this problem written on the occasion of the international conference "Science and technology indicators, actors and networks in European science" organized by Ceris-CNR.

Libraries too are actively participating in the debate trying to support  research evaluation activities with their tools and knowledge.
In particular, librarians and information science experts are experimenting with new kinds of bibliometric indicators to complement (or supersede??) the well-known Impact Factor: the most used indicator, with its qualities and disadvantages.
The Usage-Factor is an example of a new experimental bibliometric indicator based on the real use of a journal to determine its impact and quality.