Tag: evaluate

Assess the quality of a scholarly journal

Researchers can choose from tens of thousands of scholarly journals to disseminate their research results. It's not always easy to find out which ones are reliable.

General guidelines
  • Think. Check. Submit is a checklist to help you identify trustworthy journals and publishers.
  • Have (many of) your trusted peers published in …
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Critical reading: how do you do it?

Before getting to writing your paper, you'll need to read up on your subject. The portal for Ghent University students proposes the following three steps.


Scan the source
  • Read the title and subtitle.
  • Look at the date of publication. Aim for recent publications.
  • Doublecheck how relevant and reliable the …
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Evidence-based guideline: how can I evaluate the quality?

The Appraisal of Guidelines for Research & Evaluation Instrument (AGREE II) is a general tool for authors and users of guidelines to evaluate the methodological quality of clinical guidelines. The AGREE II tool is available in different languages, including Dutch and English.

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Research assessment: altmetrics and using Altmetric

What are altmetrics?

Altmetrics are measures that capture the attention a resource generates on the social web or other sources. They can be applied to journal articles, books/book chapters, software, datasets, websites, videos, etc.

Altmetrics attempt to show influence and engagement of work through blogs, reference management systems, scholarly social …

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Research assessment: responsible use of indicators

Quantitative indicators can support the evaluation of research performance. However, they should be used with caution because scientific practice is too complex to be grasped in one indicator. Quantitative indicators are therefore preferably used together with qualitative information about the research.

The Research Department of Ghent University compiled a guideline …

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Research assessment: what is DORA?

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) is a global initiative intended to guide the way in which research is assessed at the point of recruitment and promotion and in the awarding of project funding. Since 2012, all actors involved in the evaluation of research can sign up to …

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Resources: helpful tools to find literature

These tools will help you find literature on the topic of your choice.

  • lib.ugent.be You can find over 4.000.000 references for books, serials, images, theses, and databases in the library catalogue of Ghent University. Many of these can be consulted online, from the comfort of your home.
    If you can't …
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Retraction Watch: what is it?

Retraction Watch, acquired by Crossref in September 2023, is a database that lists retracted (retractions) or corrected (corrections) publications, or publications with an expressions of concern. A blog is connected to the database, highlighting some of the retracted publications. Though Retraction Watch only started in 2010, older publications can …

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Web of Science (WoS): introduction

Web of Science (WoS) is a portal of several scholarly databases. Ghent University has access to:

  • Science Citation Index (SCI)
  • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)
  • Emerging Sources …
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