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Vojno delo
2004, vol. 56, iss. 3, pp. 133-152
article language: Serbian
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Scientometry: Evaluation of scientific work
Vojna akademija Vojske Srbije i Crne Gore, Beograd

Abstract

The science has for long been coping with the problem of the evaluation of scientific information. Efforts to avoid subjectivity in the qualitative procedure of assessing the value of a work have led to numerous expert assessment procedures, such as making reviews by more than one reviewers, or the reviewer being unknown, or the author being unknown, and so on. Even so the subjectivity of the procedure had not been reduced. The development of the society on the whole, and the information technology in particular, has created the conditions for objective (quantitative) evaluation of scientific work. Within the methodology, a specific activity of evaluating the scientific performance - scientometry or the "metric evaluation of science" - is being developed. Its essence is exactly the measuring of an individual an institution, or an organization’s contribution to the science, based on the following indicators: academic performance measured by the number of papers published and reviewed in eminent (scientifically recognized) magazines, and by the number of times these papers are cited in other authors’ papers, in scientifically recognized magazines as well. The entire "numbering" procedure has been reduced to searching the bibliographic, or rather reference database. This database has so far been kept only in the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), in the United States of America (Philadelphia). However, such a base has also been created and developed in our country in the domain of social factual sciences and named "SocioFact". Thus the prerequisites have been provided for objective evaluation in the field of social sciences as well. Scientifically and practically, the importance of applying these evaluation procedures is indisputable for the scientific and education institutions of the Army of Serbia and Montenegro.

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