Research assessment

Building a better feedback loop


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Research assessments are increasing in number and scope around the globe. Nations and institutions want to inform funding decisions, report to key stakeholders, and identify opportunities for efficiencies and growth. This issue explores various methods for carrying out research assessments, such as using a combination of peer review and bibliometric indicators to assess research quality and achieve long-term economic development.

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. They suggest that deep analysis of citations may be more meaningful than the current dependence on number of citations as a proxy for a paper’s quality.

The evolution of Australia’s national research assessment exercise

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

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) expert assessment is informed by indicators of research quality, application and recognition. The metrics used to inform assessments depend on the discipline and include such variables as external funding, publications, competitive awards and patents.

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. Its research centers are evaluated on research excellence, economic and social impact, training of talented researchers, research collaborations, and environment and infrastructure.

Italy’s Research Evaluation Exercise

By Sergio Benedetto and Marco Malgarini, ANVUR

The goal of Italy’s Research Evaluation Exercise is to evaluate the quality of the research conducted in Italian universities, and to rank these institutions and their departments in 16 research areas. The evaluation of 400 expert assessors will significantly inform the distribution of public funds.

Multi-level support for the UK's 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Considered one of the most ambitious national research assessments to date, the 2014 REF comprised more than 191,000 submissions from 56,000+ research staff representing 155 institutions across the UK. Elsevier provided a combination of products, services and customized functionality to support the REF.