Physical Society in its role to promote physics and physicists is concerned
about the increasing use of bibliometric indices in evaluation procedures of
individuals, groups and their scientific projects.
In recent years, various
studies on the potential adverse consequences of a purely numerical assessment
on the quality of funded scientific research have been conducted in Europe. Different
institutions have published best practices regarding the review process of
scientists and projects.
In this ongoing
debate, the European Physical Society insists on the importance of peer review for
all evaluation procedures. It takes position against a purely numerical
assessment. Only the cautious application of bibliometric indices during a
peer-review procedure can guarantee non-biased results. "Rigorous but
broader assessment procedures - says EPS President Luisa Cifarelli -must take into account the research
environment and particularities of the domain in the evaluation of the