Emanuele Pontecorvo

Laureato in fisica, ha conseguito il Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienza dei Materiali all'Università "La Sapienza" dove è attualmente assegnista di ricerca. Fisico sperimentale, lavora nell'ambito della fisica della materia.

The epistemic consequences of bibliometrics-based evaluation

Until a few years ago, most Italian scientists had hardly heard of things like the impact factor of a journal or the h-index of a researcher; nowadays these seem to be their everyday concern. What are they about? They are some of the parameters introduced with the aim of quantitatively assessing the outcome of scientific research, giving rise to a new discipline called scientometrics, and in particular bibliometrics for what concerns the scientific publications.