Measuring Scientific Impact Beyond Citation Counts" in D-Lib Magazine.
Here's an excerpt:
The measurement of scientific progress remains a significantDigital Curation and Digital Preservation Works | Open Access Works | Digital Scholarship | Digital Scholarship Sitemap
challenge exasperated by the use of multiple different types of metrics
that are often incorrectly used, overused, or even explicitly abused.
Several metrics such as h-index or journal impact factor (JIF) are often
used as a means to assess whether an author, article, or journal
creates an "impact" on science. Unfortunately, external forces can be
used to manipulate these metrics thereby diluting the value of their
intended, original purpose. This work highlights these issues and the
need to more clearly define "impact" as well as emphasize the need for
better metrics that leverage full content analysis of publications.
Measuring Scientific Impact Beyond Citation Counts