Repositories in Google Scholar Metrics or what is this document type doing in a place as such?
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Delgado López-Cózar, Emilio & Robinson-García, Nicolás (2012). Repositories in Google Scholar Metrics or what is this document type doing in a place as such? Cybermetrics, 16(1), paper 4.
The present paper analyzes GS Metrics, Google's newest product aiming at ranking journals according to their H-Index. Specifically, we analyze GS Metrics' decision of considering journals and repositories as equal and therefore, including them in the product. In this sense, the authors position themselves against this decision and provide several arguments of different nature warning against the shortcomings this product has. The first one is of a conceptual nature and is related to the definition of journal and repository. Secondly, they refer at the methodological issues mixing repositories and journals can bring out. Then, they deepen on many other flaws GS Metrics presents. Finally, GS Metrics and its possible use as an evaluation tool are discussed and possible solutions to its shortcomings are provided.