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The purpose of this newsletter is to inform about the latest scientific studies concerning Google Scholar as a source and tool for scientific evaluation. Only studies with an empirical perspective, that is, those which yield quantitative results that can be contrasted, verified and compared in order to confirm their reliability and validity, will be discussed here. Works that contain opinions, personal considerations or discussions without the support of empirical evidence that demonstrates the utility and advantages (or lack thereof) of using Google Scholar as a source for scientific evaluation, will be excluded from this newsletter.

It is known that any news concerning a product released by Google in the field of scientific information and evaluation will undoubtedly get widespread coverage both from the media and the scientific community, sometimes even causing heated debates among the involved actors. Because of this, we understand that there is nothing better than to offer empirical evidence, based on scientific research, about what the best uses and applications may be for these products, determining precisely where their strengths and weaknesses lie as a source for the evaluation of scientific information.

This newsletter will have three sections:

  1. Bibliography: this section will contain a list of all empirical studies published to date, sorted by year of publication.
  2. News: this section will contain a summary of the main discoveries and conclusions from the empirical studies as they are published.
  3. Reports: this section will feature analyses of certain issues or important aspects from the research.
 


Colaborators

Juan Manuel Ayllón MillánJuan Manuel Ayllón Millán: PhD candidate in the field of bibliometrics and scientific communication. In 2011 he got his degree in Information Science and in 2012 a Master’s degree in scientific information and communication from the University of Granada. He is also a member of the EC3 Research Group, where he has started to specialize in the area of bibliometrics and research evaluation by participating in various research projects and publications. Contact: jayllon@ugr.es.
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Emilio Delgado López-CózarEmilio Delgado López-Cózar: professor of Research Methodology at the University of Granada (Spain) and member of the EC3 Research Group (Evaluación de la Ciencia y de la Comunicación Científica), which is focused on the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation. He is behind the creation of numerous tools for scientific evaluation in the Spanish sphere like IN-RECS, IN-RECJ, IN-RECH, I-UGR Ranking of Spanish Universities, RESH (Spanish Journals in Social Sciences and the Humanities), EC3 Metaranking of Spanish Universities, H Index of Spanish Journals in Social and Legal Sciences, H Index of Spanish Journals according to Google Scholar Metrics, and CIENTÍFICA (information system for scientific evaluation). He is a co-founder of the scientific consulting company EC3metrics, and has over 200 publications. His lines of research are focused on the evaluation of scientific journals, the study of research in Information Science and the assessment of scientific performance of researchers and institutions.Contact: edelgado@ugr.es
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Alberto Martín-MartínAlberto Martín Martín: PhD candidate in the field of bibliometrics and scientific communication. In 2013 he got his degree in Information Science (with honours) and in 2014 a Master’s degree in scientific information and communication from the University of Granada. He is also a member of the EC3 Research Group, where he has started to specialize in the area of bibliometrics and research evaluation by participating in various research projects and publications. Contact: albertomartin@ugr.es
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Enrique Orduña-MaleaEnrique Orduña-Malea: postdoctoral researcher and associate teacher at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). He has a degree in Telecommunications engineering and another one in Information Science, as well as a Master’s Degree in multichannel content. His PhD dissertation dealt with the field of cibermetrics. Since 2012 he has been a member of the EC3 Research Group. His lines of research mainly focus on cibermetrics, both descriptive (testing of web-based indicators and units of analysis), as well as instrumental (analysis of sources and search engines), and applied (mainly academic environments). Moreover, from 2008 he is a member of Grupo ThinkEPI (and from 2013, deputy director of Anuario ThinkEPI). Contact: riorma@gmail.com
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