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Research assessments based on journal rankings systematically marginalise knowledge from certain regions and subjects

Chavarro, Diego and Ràfols, Ismael (2017) Research assessments based on journal rankings systematically marginalise knowledge from certain regions and subjects. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (30 Oct 2017). Website.

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Abstract

Many research evaluation systems continue to take a narrow view of excellence, judging the value of work based on the journal in which it is published. Recent research by Diego Chavarro, Ismael Ràfols and colleagues shows how such systems underestimate and prove detrimental to the production of research relevant to important social, economic, and environmental issues. These systems also reflect the biases of journal citation databases which focus heavily on English-language research from the USA and north and western Europe. Moreover, topics covered by these databases often relate to the interests of industrial stakeholders rather than those of local communities. More inclusive research assessments are needed to overcome the ongoing marginalisation of some peoples, languages, and disciplines and promote engagement rather than elitism.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 16:57
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 23:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85845

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