May 27, 2022

Research Assessment/Metrics: “The Leiden Manifesto Under Review: What Libraries Can Learn From It” (Journal Preprint)

The following preprint is being made available by LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries). The article has been accepted for publication and is scheduled for publication in Digital Library Perspectives.


The Leiden Manifesto Under Review: What Libraries Can Learn From It (Preprint; 2017)


S. K. Coombs
Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

I. Peters
Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany


LIBER Website


This paper is a critical discussion of the Leiden Manifesto for libraries already engaged in
bibliometric practices.

It offers practical recommendations based on the work of the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) Working Group on Metrics.

This work is in the beginning phase and summarizes literature on the topic as well as the experiences of the members of the orking Group. The discussion reflects today’s growing popularity of (quantitative) research assessment which is seen in enthusiasts introducing new metrics (i.e. altmetrics) and by critics demanding responsible metrics that increase objectivity and equity in evaluations.

Direct to Full Text Article (Preprint)
14 pages; PDF.

See Also: Leiden Manifesto Website/Documents

See Also: LIBER Working Group of Metrics Website

See Also: Update from LIBER’s Metrics Working Group

See Also: Indiana University Bloomington Faculty Council Adopts Policy on Responsible Metrics (via LMRM Blog)

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