The Academic Executive Brief (ISSN 2212-0424), published twice a year by Elsevier, contains analysis, insight and information to assist higher education executives focused on the research enterprise in decision-making and charting a path for success.

Quantity to quality: How South Korea surged ahead through basic science

By Doochul Kim, Institute for Basic Science

The Institute for Basic Science has established an internal review system that allows fair and rigorous research assessments

Italy’s Research Evaluation Exercise

By Sergio Benedetto and Marco Malgarini, ANVUR

The goal of the exercise is to evaluate research quality and rank institutions and departments in 16 research areas.

Developing world class research for societal impact

By Benjamin Wan-Sang Wah and Michael Ming-Yuen Chang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The authors explore approaches considered to understand their CUHK’s impact on society, including reputation surveys, altmetrics and bibliometrics.

The evolution of Australia’s national research assessment exercise

By Marcus Nicol, Leanne Harvey and Aidan Byrne, Australian Research Council

The ERA is a holistic evaluation of research quality, assessing all eligible research outputs for each eligible academic.

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