Due to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Doctoral School of Humanities (Adam Mickiewicz University) has no choice but to make the necessary decision to postpone the Invited Lectures in the Humanities originally scheduled for March–May 2020. However, our distinguished colleagues will record some of planned lectures.
Today, we are happy to announce the first lecture in a new “online edition” of the Invited Lectures in the Humanities provided by Dr. Zehra Taşkın.
Time to Change Traditional Citation Counting Methods: Next-Generation Approaches for Content-Based Citation Analyses
Dr. Zehra Taşkın
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Hacettepe University
Zehra Taşkın is a visiting professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, Scholarly Communication Research Group and an assistant professor at Hacettepe University, Department of Information Management (iSchool), Turkey. Her main research interests include research/er performance evaluations, next-generation performance indicators, scholarly communication and social network analyses. Her works have been published in prestigious journals such as Scientometrics, Online Information Review and Library Hi-Tech. In addition to her works in international literature, she also has articles on scholarly communication in popular science journals. She has involved in various projects. In this context, she took part in researches funded by NASA Astrobiology Institute and Tokyo Institute of Technology. She also had an active role in Libraries for Everyone Project which is supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently, she is the principal investigator of the project entitled “creating content-based citation analysis system for English and Polish” which is supported by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. All detailed information about Dr Taşkın is available on her website: http://zehrataskin.com
Researchers around the world are evaluated based on the number of articles they publish and the citations they receive to these articles. In this context, most productive or most-cited authors are announced as the most prominent and influential authors in their fields and they can reach incentives and promotions easily with the help of the numbers. Ranking obsession, which dominates the whole world, has also been effective in increasing the value given to the numbers of publications and citations. After attaching such importance to the numbers, Academia has faced with unethical practices. Scholars, who want to game with the numbers, manipulate the system easily because the traditional evaluation system just counts the numbers. In the current state, it is important to develop a new system that is easy to use and can be easily adapted to the existing systems. Today, it is thought that the most important development that can replace traditional citation counting is to focus on the content of citations by using the opportunities provided by information technologies. The main aim of content-based citation analyses is to classify citations according to their semantic and syntactic features. It is possible to classify citations in terms of their meanings, purposes, shapes and arrays by using natural language processing techniques. By adopting such applications to different disciplines and different languages, research evaluation processes in academia might be improved. In the lecture, which will be held on March 26, 2020, currently developed content-based citation analysis method will be introduced, and information will be given about the studies carried out for Polish and English languages.