Revista española de Documentación Científica, Vol 40, No 4 (2017)

Google Scholar como una fuente de evaluación científica: una revisión bibliográfica sobre errores de la base de datos

Enrique Orduna-Malea, Alberto Martín-Martín, Emilio Delgado López-Cózar

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3989/redc.2017.4.1500

Resumen


Google Scholar es un motor de búsqueda académico y herramienta de descubrimiento lanzada por Google (ahora Alphabet) en noviembre de 2004. El hecho de que para cada registro bibliográfico se proporcione información acerca del número de citas recibidas por dicho registro desde el resto de registros indizados en el sistema (independientemente de su fuente) ha propiciado su utilización en análisis bibliométricos y en procesos de evaluación de la actividad académica, especialmente en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades. No obstante, la existencia de errores, en ocasiones de gran magnitud, ha provocado su rechazo y crítica por una parte de la comunidad científica. Este trabajo pretende precisamente realizar una revisión bibliográfica exhaustiva de todos los estudios que de forma monográfica o colateral proporcionan alguna evidencia empírica sobre cuáles son los errores cometidos por Google Scholar (y productos derivados, como Google Scholar Metrics y Google Scholar Citations). Los resultados indican que el corpus bibliográfico dedicado a los errores en Google Scholar es todavía escaso (n= 49), excesivamente fragmentado, disperso, con resultados obtenidos sin metodologías sistemáticas y en unidades no comparables entre sí, por lo que su cuantificación y su efecto real no pueden ser caracterizados con precisión. Ciertas limitaciones del propio buscador (tiempo requerido de limpieza de datos, límite de citas por registro y resultados por consulta) podrían ser la causa de esta ausencia de trabajos empíricos.

Palabras clave


Google Scholar; Motores de búsqueda académicos; Bases de datos bibliográficas; Errores; Calidad

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