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Clarivate’s new visualization tool encourages responsible research evaluation -

Clarivate Plc, a provider of trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has released a new interactive tool that showcases the range of a researcher’s publication and citation impact in a single visualization. The Web of Science™ Author Impact Beamplots will enable users of research metrics to engage more actively with data and provide new opportunities to conduct research assessment in a responsible manner.

Unlike single-point metrics, a beamplot reveals the volume and citation impact of an individual’s publication portfolio through time and provides context for comparison with a broad range of data. The information provided should be considered alongside contextual information such as working location, role, nature of collaborative projects and type of research involved. Each paper’s citation count is normalized (i.e., benchmarked against other similar publications) and measured as a percentile and therefore avoids some of the bias present in other researcher metrics.

Lutz Bornmann and Werner Marx of the Max Planck Society first introduced and developed the use of beamplots for scientometric data in 2014 and Clarivate has continued to emphasize the importance of profiles over metrics, which draws attention to the information that is lost when data about researchers and their institutions are squeezed into simplified metrics.

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