In Search of Excellence? Debating the Merits of Introducing an Elite Dutch University Model

by Sarah de Rijcke 12 Dec 2014

Report by Alex Rushforth Should the Netherlands strive for excellence in its university systems? Will maintaining quality suffice? This was the topic of a recent panel debate at the WTMC annual meeting on 21 November 2014 in De Balie, Amsterdam. Organi…

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Ethics and misconduct – Review of a play organized by the Young Academy (KNAW)

by Sarah de Rijcke 24 Nov 2014

This is a guest blog post by Joost Kosten. Joost is PhD student at CWTS and member of the EPIC working group. His research focuses on the use of research indicators from the perspective of public policy. Joost obtained an MSc in Public Administrat…

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Quality in the age of the impact factor

by Paul Wouters 28 Oct 2014

ISIS, the most prestigious journal in the history of science, moved house last September and its central office is now located at the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and Humanities at Utrecht University. The Dutch scienc…

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Developing guiding principles and standards in the field of evaluation – lessons learned

by Sarah de Rijcke 7 Oct 2014

This is a guest blog post by professor Peter Dahler-Larsen. The reflections below are a follow-up of his keynote at the STI conference in Leiden (3-5 September 2014) and the special session at STI on the development of quality standards for science &#3…

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The Leiden manifesto in the making: proposal of a set of principles on the use of assessment metrics in the S&T indicators conference

by Sarah de Rijcke 15 Sep 2014

Summary A set of guiding principles (a manifesto) on the use of quantitative metrics in research assessment was proposed by Diana Hicks (Georgia Tech) during a panel session on quality standards for S&T indicators at the STI conference in Leiden la…

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ACUMEN Portfolio reveals a schism in academic evaluation

by Frank van der Most 29 Aug 2014

Frank van der Most August 2014 In January this year, the ACUMEN (Academic Careers Understood through MEasurements and Norms) project finished the last of three feed-back workshops which it had organized to test the main deliverables of the project. The…

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A key challenge: the evaluation gap

by Paul Wouters 28 Aug 2014

What are the best ways to evaluate research? This question has received renewed interest in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The dynamics in research, the increased availability of data about research, as well as the rise of the web as infr…

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The new Dutch research evaluation protocol

by Paul Wouters 8 May 2014

From 2015 onwards, the societal impact of research will be a more prominent measure of success in the evaluation of research in the Netherlands. Less emphasis will be put on the number of publications, while the vigilance about research integrity will …

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Metrics in research assessment under review

by Paul Wouters 2 May 2014

This week the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published a call to gather “views and evidence relating to the use of metrics in research assessment and management” http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2014/news87111.html. The…

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On citation stress and publication pressure

by Sarah de Rijcke 20 Mar 2014

Our article on citation stress and publication pressure in biomedicine went online this week – co-authored with colleagues from the Free University and University Medical Centre Utrecht: Tijdink, J.K., S. de Rijcke, C.H. Vinkers, Y.M. Smulders, P…

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