Tide or tsunami? The impact of metrics on scholarly research

Bonnell, Andrew G. (2016) Tide or tsunami? The impact of metrics on scholarly research. Australian Universities' Review, 58 1: 54-61.

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Author Bonnell, Andrew G.
Title Tide or tsunami? The impact of metrics on scholarly research
Journal name Australian Universities' Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0818-8068
Publication date 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 58
Issue 1
Start page 54
End page 61
Total pages 8
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher National Tertiary Education Union
Collection year 2017
Abstract Australian universities are increasingly resorting to the use of journal metrics such as impact factors and ranking lists in appraisal and promotion processes, and are starting to set quantitative ‘performance expectations’ which make use of such journal-based metrics. The widespread use and misuse of research metrics is leading to increased concern in scientific and broader academic communities worldwide. This paper reviews some of the most important recent responses to the so-called ‘metric tide’, with particular reference to the report of that name recently issued by the UK’s Higher Education Funding Council for England, and other important statements such as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and the Leiden Manifesto. While there is a spectrum of views on research metrics in general, there is widespread agreement from authoritative sources that it is not appropriate to rely on journal-level metrics, such as journal ranking lists, for assessing the merit of individual scholars.
Keyword Metrics
Research
Publications
Performance management
Managerialism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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