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Comparing institutional-level bibliometric research performance indicator values based on different affiliation disambiguation systems
Publisher: Journals Gateway
Quantitative Science Studies (2020) 1 (1): 150–170.
Published: 01 February 2020
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The present study is an evaluation of three frequently used institution name disambiguation systems. The Web of Science normalized institution names and Organization Enhanced system and the Scopus Affiliation ID system are tested against a complete, independent institution disambiguation system for a sample of German public sector research organizations. The independent system is used as the gold standard in the evaluations that we perform. We study the coverage of the disambiguation systems and, in particular, the differences in a number of commonly used bibliometric indicators. The key finding is that for the sample institutions, the studied systems provide bibliometric indicator values that have only a limited accuracy. Our conclusion is that for any use with policy implications, additional data cleaning for disambiguating affiliation data is recommended.