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The first initiative to push for responsible research assessment; started at the Annual Meeting of The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in San Francisco, CA, on December 16, 2012 in response to increasing pressure to rely exclusively on Journal Impact Factors (JIFs) for the assessment of quality of research, hiring decisions, grant dollars, etc. DORA focuses more on the STEM fields.
The second initiative for responsible research evaluation, published in 2015.
"This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management. The review was chaired by Professor James Wilsdon, supported by an independent and multidisciplinary group of experts in scientometrics, research funding, research policy, publishing, university management and administration."
Highly recommended that you read the Executive Summary and Recommendations on pages vii - xiv.
The third initiative to urge responsible research evaluation, published in 2015. Can be more broadly applied to other fields outside STEM. Urges qualitative evaluation in conjunction or complementary to quantitative assessment in all cases. Written by leading experts in research evaluation and bibliometrics.
HuMetricsHSS is an initiative for rethinking humane indicators of excellence in academia, focused particularly on the humanities and social sciences (HSS). Comprised of individuals and organizations from the academic, commercial, and non-profit sectors, HuMetricsHSS endeavors to create and support a values-based framework for understanding and evaluating all aspects of the scholarly life well-lived and for promoting the nurturing of these values in scholarly practice.
Virginia Tech users can read the full eBook by Jerry Z. Muller by going to this link. Brief summary: How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government.
Virginia Tech users can read the book chapter, Colleges and Universities, from The Tyranny of Metrics by going to this link.
Excerpt: "Let’s take as our first case study the realm of higher education, the ground zero of my own investigations of metric fixation. Comprising a huge sector of the national economy and a central institution of all advanced societies, colleges and universities exemplify many of the characteristic flaws and unintended consequences of measured performance, as well as some of its advantages. Once we become fixated on measurement, we easily slip into believing that more is better."
This is another nice way of applying principles to process and practice. It's written by some of the leading experts on research evaluation and bibliometrics on their blog at the Center for Science and Technology (CWTS) at Leiden University (yes, some of those at CWTS are the authors of the Leiden Manifesto!)
Peer-reviewed article from GigaScience. Abstract: The academic publishing world is changing significantly, with ever-growing numbers of publications each year and shifting publishing patterns. However, the metrics used to measure academic success, such as the number of publications, citation number, and impact factor, have not changed for decades. Moreover, recent studies indicate that these metrics have become targets and follow Goodhart’s Law, according to which, “when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”
The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019 offers important insights into the scientific performance of nearly 1000 major universities worldwide. Select your preferred indicators, generate results, and explore the performance of universities.
Ranking organisations are seeking to diversify the measures use to evaluate universities. But without addressing the fundamental flaws in their methods, they will crush rather than embrace the rich complexity of our institutions of higher learning.