Medicine has a high affinity for quantitative methods of performance assessment and the use of these metrics for decision, control and evaluation processes. This becomes visible in many places (LOM, DRG, JIFs in assessment procedures, etc.); in the context of this project, procedures for measuring research performance are of primary interest.

QuaMedFo-ZBW is dedicated to the systematic quantitative and content-related investigation of a comprehensive sample of medical literature and topics. By means of biblio- and altmetric studies, sentiment analysis, content analysis and longitudinal comparisons, the degree of coverage of the medical literature on the different publication platforms, the intensity and emotionality of the interaction with it as well as the interaction between citations and altmetrics or mentions on other platforms are examined. Four groups of addressees will be considered in order to be able to reflect the societal impact in a differentiated way:

  1. medical audience, via publication and discussion platforms like PubPeer
  2. scientific audience, about Mendeley
  3. interested specialized public, over national press and further technical periodicals, e.g. FAZ
  4. general audience, via e.g. Twitter.

The goal of the module is to comprehensively review the potential and robustness of Altmetrics for relevance and performance measurement as well as complementary quality assessment of medical research and to place it in a holistic framework alongside other forms of evaluation.

Project partners

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann-Lingen, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medicine Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel: German Center for Higher Education and Science Research GmbH (DZHW), Berlin site, Department 2, Research System and Science Dynamics
  • Dr. Dietrich Nelle, German National Library of Medicine ZB MED - Life Sciences Information Center


Project duration

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

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