A public group for people interested in working through more humane indicators of excellence for the humanities and social sciences. For more about the project, please visit our website at humetricshss.org.
This is the submission (unedited) version of the article published in Times Higher Education on April 11, 2019, which argues that the market-based competition that fuels so much of academic life is doing us all far more harm than good.
A statistical analysis of usage data for open-access ebooks from two different publishers and from a free ebook distribution platform indicates that open-access ebook usage is distributed following log-normal statistics. Using a quantity related to the logarithm of download counts, dubbed the “open-factor”, will measure impact in better ali…[Read more]
The diagram depicts the aims of an academic career that exhibits intellectual leadership: sharing knowledge, expanding opportunity, contributing to greater transparency and accelerating creativity. Intellectual leaders engage in mentorship of others, formally as instructors and informally. They also engage in stewardship of the institutional…[Read more]
Should philosophy help address the problems of non-philosophers or should it be something isolated both from
other disciplines and from the lay public? This question became more than academic for philosophers working in
UK universities with the introduction of societal impact assessment in the national research evaluation exercise,
the REF.…[Read more]
Introduction. Open access to digital research output is increasing, but academic library policies can place restrictions on public access to libraries. This paper reports on a preliminary study to investigate the correlation between academic library access policies and institutional positions of openness to knowledge. Method. This primarily…[Read more]
This presentation presents a case study in philosophy and science policy surrounding Plan S and argues that we need new ways of evaluating such approaches to research.
The 2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis focuses on:
Changing political environment and its impact on international research
Increasing importance of networks and consortia in advancing international research
Role of interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research in solving global challenges
Educating the next…[Read more]
Evaluation can be seen as an opportunity for transvaluation, or what Nietzsche called the revaluation of values. However, evaluation is often treated instead as the enforcement of standards – standardization rather than transformation. When evaluation as transvaluation and evaluation as standardization are both used to evaluate the same s…[Read more]
This study of UCL Press sought to identify the extent to which data available to Open Access (OA) monograph presses can be combined with low-cost analysis tools to provide insight into development and strategy. An additional goal was identifying practical steps that monograph publishers can take to ensure that they make the most of the data they…[Read more]
The spread of open digital forms of scholarly communication, combined with increasing institutional pressure to track research “impact,” has encouraged scholars and administrators in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) to turn their attention to metrics that promise to help in the assessment of research outputs. As a result of the lim…[Read more]
Qualitative research is a type of scientific research which includes document analysis, observation or interview. Qualitative research process describes the events in the natural environment realistically and holistically. Although quantitative research methods are mostly used in educational sciences, qualitative research methods are also used by…[Read more]
This spreadsheet captures all the tweets posted using the #hssvalues hashtag, which was used leading up to and for the Humane Metrics in Humanities and Social Science (HuMetricsHSS)’s Value of Values workshop held in East Lansing, Michigan, from 5-7 October 2017.
Stefanie Haustein and Vincent Larivière
Abstract Researchers are used to being evaluated: publications, hiring, tenure and funding decisions are
all based on the evaluation of research. Traditionally, this evaluation relied on judgement of peers but, in
the light of limited resources and increased bureaucratization of science, peer review is…[Read more]
The rhetoric of “excellence” is pervasive across the academy. It is used to refer to research outputs as well as researchers, theory and education, individuals and organizations, from art history to zoology. But does “excellence” actually mean anything? Does this pervasive narrative of “excellence” do any good? Drawing on a range of sources we…[Read more]
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