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There is an absence of scientific authority over research assessment as a professional practice, leaving a gap that has been filled by database providers

Jappe, Arlette, Pithan, David and Heinze, Thomas (2018) There is an absence of scientific authority over research assessment as a professional practice, leaving a gap that has been filled by database providers. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (25 Jul 2018). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Research metrics have become more established as a means to assess research performance. This is understandable given research institutions' and funders' demand for assessment techniques that are relatively cheap and universally applicable, even though use of such metrics remains strongly contested within scientific communities. But to what extent does the academic research field of evaluative citation analysis confer legitimacy to research assessment as a professional practice? Arlette Jappe, David Pithan and Thomas Heinze find that the growth in the volume of ECA publications has not led to the formation of an intellectual field with strong reputational control. This has left a gap which has been filled by commercial database providers, who by selecting and distributing research metrics have gained a powerful role in defining standards of research excellence without being challenged by expert authority.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018...
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2018 14:41
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 23:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91142

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