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Linguistic analysis reveals the hidden details of research grant proposal peer review reports

van den Besselaar, Peter and Sandström, Ulf (2018) Linguistic analysis reveals the hidden details of research grant proposal peer review reports. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (10 Sep 2018). Website.

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Abstract

Despite peer review panels being the most common way of selecting applicants for research funding, little is known about how selections are made. New methods for large-scale text analysis allow for review panels' written reports to be analysed and studied for patterns. Peter van den Besselaar and Ulf Sandström show how the frequency of positive and negative evaluation words correlate with applicants’ final scores, and also reveal how panels’ apparent conservatism means that the potentially groundbreaking, high-risk/high-gain research is unlikely to advance through the process and be selected for funding.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 12:46
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 00:29
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91765

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