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” 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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On exploding ‘evaluation machines’ and the construction of alt-metrics

by Sarah de Rijcke 28 Jan 2014

The emergence of web-based ways to create and communicate new knowledge is affecting long-established scientific and scholarly research practices (cf. Borgman 2007; Wouters, Beaulieu, Scharnhorst, & Wyatt 2013). This move to the web is spawning a …

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Selling science to Nature

by Sarah de Rijcke 8 Jan 2014

On Saturday 22 December, the Dutch national newspaper NRC published an interview with Hans Clevers, professor of molecular genetics and president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The interview is the latest in a series of…

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NWO president Jos Engelen calls for in-depth study of editorial policies of Science and Nature

by Paul Wouters 16 Dec 2013

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) wants to start an in-depth study of the editorial policies of the most famous scientific journals, such as Science, Nature, Cell, The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Brain. NWO…

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The need for change in the governance of science – II

by Sarah de Rijcke 13 Nov 2013

Turbulent times at the Trippenhuis, home of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Last Thursday and Friday the Academy opened its doors for the Science in Transition conference: two days of debate between representatives of science…

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The need for change in the governance of science

by Paul Wouters 6 Nov 2013

Tomorrow, a two-day conference will be held, Science in Transition, at the beautiful headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Trippenhuis in Amsterdam. Five researchers with backgrounds in medical research, history, and s…

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