“It is not enough to just publish now. The new condition is: “Publish in the Most Prestigious Journals or Perish”. But which are the most prestigious journals? It is well known that ERA ratings are a poor guide to quality, with concerted campaigning able to boost the ratings of intellectually weaker journals and higher quality […]
Some interpretation of the fresh from the oven ERA rankings and what it might mean… http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/most-universities-below-par-on-research/ Our incoming VC is quoted on the likely increase in specialisation, so perhaps that is a sign of things to come?
Late last year Thomson Reuters announced a new product, Book Citation Index. They are planning to launch in the second quarter of 2011. James Testa, the company’s vice president for editorial development and publisher relations, discusses the new index here: http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Thomson-Reuters-Announces-Book-Citation-IndexScheduled-for-Release-in-Q–70969.asp This is interesting: “How are you defining a ‘book’ for the purpose of the index? […]
…the continuing controversy around the journal rankings for ERA…
“When national bureaucracies seek to fund academic research on the basis of performance measures – especially measures invloving publication and citations counts – no one is unhappier than scholars in the humanities, arts, and softer social sciences.” So begins ‘Libcitations: a measure for comparative assessment of book publications in the humanitites and social sciences’, a […]
A very interesting and readable report published by OCLC recently on the role of the academic library in research assessment exercises says that “Libraries should claim their territory” and I couldn’t agree more. The other recommendations are good too, and well worth taking 2 minutes to read. From the OCLC Website: “Published in December 2009, […]
The UK has been running a research quality evaluation (RAE) for years longer than Australia has had the ERA/RQF, and they have just released the first round of funding that is directly tied to research quality output. There is apost about the “bitter fruits” at Hanging Together There is also a good article in the […]