Analysis of the Scopus dataset to discern unscrupulous publication practices

 
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2014 (EN)
Analysis of the Scopus dataset to discern unscrupulous publication practices (EN)

Dimitriadis, Ilias (EN)

Sirivianos, Prof. Michail (EN)
School of Science and Technology, MSc in Information & Communication Technology Systems (EN)
Tzortzis, C. (EN)
Berberidis, C. (EN)

This dissertation was written as a part of the MSc in ICT Systems at the International Hellenic University. Academic evaluation boards, universities, research centers, etc. across the globe have started incorporating publicly available bibliometric data for the formal assessment of academics and researchers. Scopus is one of the biggest web-accessible databases of abstracts and citations of peer-reviewed literature. We describe some of the useful bibliometric information, the theory behind them, we analyze their advantages and drawbacks and we focus on some of the possible ways to manipulate these metrics. We present our effort to validate the hypothesis that standard graph analysis techniques can unveil citation manipulation through author collusion, superficial referencing, fake paper generation and other academically unacceptable practices. What’s more, we will investigate the relationship, if there is any, between the imposition of bibliometric based assessment and the emergence of the above bad publication practices by the researchers. No part of this research would have been completed without the help of my supervisor Professor Mihail Sirivianos. I am also really grateful to Konstantinos Ntonas, the inventor of DEiXTo who has been more than helpful and kind to help me retrieve all the data needed from Scopus using the DEiXTo tool. As stated below all the source code related to this part is completely programmed by Mr. Ntonas. Last but not least, I would like to thank Professor Christos Berberidis, who was more than eager to help me with any problem I have faced during this dissertation, providing me with advice and solutions. (EN)

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Διεθνές Πανεπιστήμιο της Ελλάδος (EL)
International Hellenic University (EN)

2014-12


School of Science and Technology, MSc in Information & Communication Technology Systems (EN)



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