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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Tales from the field: On the (not so) secret life of performance indicators

by Sarah de Rijcke 11 Mar 2014

* Guest blog post by Alex Rushforth * In the coming months Sarah De Rijcke and I have been accepted to present at conferences in Valencia and Rotterdam on research from CWTS’s nascent EPIC working group. We very much look forward to drawing on colla…

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How does science go wrong?

by Sarah de Rijcke 13 Feb 2014

We are happy to announce that our abstract got accepted for the 2014 Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), which will be held in Glasgow from 3-6 September. Our paper is selected for a panel on ‘The role of ideas a…

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