Re: Future UK RAEs to be Metrics-Based

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2006 14:24:39 +0000

    Steele, Colin and Butler, Linda and Kingsley, Danny (2006) The
    Publishing Imperative: the pervasive influence of publication metrics.
    Learned Publishing 19(4):277-290.

    ABSTRACT: This article summarises the effects of the increasing
    global trend towards measuring research quality and effectiveness
    through, in particular, publication-based metrics, and its effects on
    scholarly communication. Such metrics are increasingly influencing
    the behaviour patterns of administrators, publishers, librarians
    and researchers. Impact and citation measures, which often rely
    solely on Thomson Scientific data, are examined in the context of
    university league tables and research assessment exercises. The
    need to establish alternate metrics, particularly for the social
    sciences and humanities, is emphasised, as is an holistic approach
    to scholarly communication agendas.

Pertinent Prior American Scientist Open Access Forum Topic Threads:

UK "RAE" Evaluations (began Nov 2000)

Scientometric OAI Search Engines (began Aug 2002)

Australia stirs on metrics (June 2006)

Big Brother and Digitometrics (began May 2001)

UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) review (began Oct 2002)

Need for systematic scientometric analyses of open-access
data (began Dec 2002)

Potential Metric Abuses (and their Potential Metric
Antidotes) (began Jan 2003)

Future UK RAEs to be Metrics-Based (began Mar 2006)

Let 1000 RAE Metric Flowers Bloom: Avoid Matthew Effect as
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy (Jun 2006)
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