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Interpreting the Graphics in BU Profiles

The research activities found in individual BU Profiles are aggregated into longitudinal graphs summarizing publications counts by co-author networks and primary research topical study area. Please remember that the graphical summary data strip away often essential contextual information and can lead to misinterpretation and misuse when attempting interpret an individual's research.

Aggregated graphical data found in an individual's profile can be used to support a CV review during a position search or the promotions process. This approach can make the process more efficient by automatically counting 1) total publications, and 2) publications per research area.

A. A broader and more nuanced interpretation of the significance and impact of research activities requires the design and use of metrics that characterize the larger context in which a particular researcher’s scientific and technological work takes place as well as its effects on this context.

B. When performing an evaluation one should consider using an indicator-based framework comprised of several key domains linked to 1) research productivity, 2) scientific results, 3) technological results, 4) uptake time by the research community and public, 5) innovations, 6) economic and social impacts, and others.

C. It is important to remember that when attempting to use indicator-based framework to evaluate an individual not all indicators are applicable, appropriate, feasible, or fully accurate. In these instances alternative or hybrid approaches should be pursued.

In summary, the aggregate graphics found in individual BU Profiles should be understood and used as part of a comprehensive framework for monitoring and assessing research productivity and impact.