Current Research Information Systems
The International Organisation for Research Information



Aim of the Indicators TG is to develop an active programme of research and generation of best practice (linked with TG Best Practice / DRIS) in the use of indicators (scientometrics, bibliometrics) for evaluating research. The TG will develop a catalogue of known methods with appropriate analysis of their effectiveness and efficiency. The expected output is CERIF-compliant software services (jointly with the CERIF and Architecture TG) to perform evaluation of research including for commonly used national or international methods.


recent activities
    • Start up of an inventory of relevant indicators
    • Participation on the CERIF-ying of the first version of the Snowball Metrics.
planned activities
    • Continue to build up an inventory of relevant indicators
    • Look at new recipes added to second edition of Snowball Metrics recipe book and consider how/whether these can be expressed in CERIF
    • Work in partnership with CASRAI group currently aiming to express Snowball Metrics in CASRAI format
    • Consider the current work in the US on STAR METRICS (likely again in partnership with CASRAI), and where these sit alongside Snowball Metrics
    • Examine the use of indicators in national research assessments
    • Evaluate the current commercial tools available for calculation of metrics
    • Determine on which areas the Task Group should next focus, e.g. Altmetrics, Impact