About responsible Metrics

Responsible Metrics is a proposal of indicators that account for the dynamics of scientific communities and the knowledge they generate. This model operates in accordance with the following principles:

  • Metrics are needed to assess journals’ performance and to enhance support strategies for knowledge production in Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Changes must be made in the role of metrics.
  • Dynamics of scientific communities respond to different types of networks and multiple strategies of knowledge circulation.


About AmeliCA

Ameli, open Knowledge for Latin America and the Global South (AmeliCA) is an initiative set up by various institutions with a common agenda. This is a new strategy configuration, in response to the international, regional, national and institutional context, which seeks a collaborative, sustainable, protected and non-commercial open access solution for Latin America and the Global South.


The role of magazines in supporting community building.

Considering the different forms of circulation of knowledge and the changing dynamics of the forms of linkage of the actors of social sciences and Humanities, the project of metrics responsible for AmeliCA presents an instrument that allows the Magazines improve their management in supporting the construction of communities of researchers. In this sense, indicators are proposed to enable the evaluation of capacities, results and the contrast between capacities and results. In this first stage of work, we have proposed four sets of indicators:

1.Construcción de comunidades
1. Building Communities

1.Construcción de comunidades
2. Visibility

1.Construcción de comunidades
3. Communicative

1.Construcción de comunidades
4. Formation of new researchers



The way to validate knowledge implies different forms of community organization. These forms impact on the form of networks, geographic scope and disciplinary diversity. The social sciences and humanities are diverse in the structures of their different communities. Metrics should describe this deviation and show tools to improve their community-building programs.

Capacity indicators (CB)

Delimitation of the editor’s profile, his aptitudes and characteristics to direct the scientific publication.

Definition of the scope of the journal.

Networks and affiliations of the Scientific and Editorial Committee of the journal by active researchers and scientists.

Criteria for the search and selection and inclusion of peers or reviewers to the journal.

Generation of clearly defined editorial policy

Strategies to promote inter-institutional and international research

Ethics policy and correct procedures for the scientific journal

Outcome indicators (CB)

Invisible schools (expertise, assiduous communities, intersectoral networks). CoLav team.

Geographies and correlations of regional magazines in Latin America and the Caribbean. Suárez, Collazo, Pérez Angón (2018).


Disciplinary diversity. Vélez, Lucio, Leydesdorff (2016).

DOI: 10.3145/epi.2016.Jan.05

Leydesdorff (2018).



  • Geographical and institutional scope of the networks of the editorial team in contrast with the geographical scope and in number of authors, institutions, downloads and citation. It can be presented in terms of contrasting frequencies distributed on a geographical map. to build.
  • Agent simulation tool for observing possible futures according to decisions in the evolution of the journal Community and observing Temporal dynamics. to build.



The social sciences and Humanities in Latin America and the Caribbean circulate mainly in open access. There is endogenous knowledge, new knowledge, knowledge anchored in local journals, but there are also international journals of social sciences and humanities. But our infrastructure needs cooperation to compensate for the power of large publishing companies.

Capacity indicators (V)

Use of academic and non-academic social platforms.

Open Science Strategies

Strategies or criteria for the choice of scientific databases, directories and indexing systems

Subscription to scientific databases and repositories

Communication with institutional repositories

Results indicators (V)

Mentions on social platforms.

D/T metrics. Uribe Tirado, Vallejo Mejía, Betancur Marín (2016).

DOI: 10.17533/udea.rib.v39n3a04

Altmetric Score


Inventory of academic platforms and databases available on the Web against the number of platforms that record information from the magazine. Characterization of the journal according to the use of different types of academic, non-academic and database platforms.



One of the key skills for the process of building communities in the 21st century is related to languages: machine languages and human languages. The social sciences and Humanities in Latin America and the Caribbean go through a learning process to make their old languages visible and to appropriate the new ones. The magazines participate in this process.

Capacity indicators (Cic)

  • Standardized metadata.
  • ISSN, DOI, Handle.
  • Dial.
  • Instruments for normalization of authors and affiliations (ORCID, Google Scholar profile).
  • OJS 3.0 and its pluggins.

Capacity indicators (CCL)

Global geographic scope of language selection to be published according to the global distribution of linguistic communities.

Results indicators (CIC)

Number of platforms that identify and include journal information. to build.

Results indicators (CCL)

Global geographic scope of language selection to be published according to the global distribution of linguistic communities.


Computational intercommunication

Contrast between platforms available by type of function and presence of publication in them. to build.

Linguistic communities

Scope of linguistic communities to which it appeals the language of the magazine vs countries of discharge against the size of the community of researchers of those countries. Under construction.



The social sciences and Humanities in Latin America and the Caribbean are in permanent construction. The role to support new research from young students or researchers should be one of the main purposes of many journals.

Capacity indicators (FNS)

Policy of receiving articles from higher education students

Results indicator (FNS)

Item No. Results of research processes in which undergraduate and postgraduate students are involved. CoLav team.

Proportion of grade jobs between references. CoLav team.

Proportion of works of degree quoting from the articles of the magazine. CoLav team.


Impact of policy to drive new researchers


Responsible evaluation experiences

The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)


Leiden Manifesto for research metrics