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How Metrics Affect Peer Review for Academic Jobs and Grants

The aim of peer review for research grants and academic hiring boards is to provide expert independent judgement on the quality of research proposals and candidates. Based on findings from a recent survey, Liv Langfeldt, Dag W. Aksnes and Ingvild Reymert, find metrics continue to play a significant role in shaping these decisions, especially for reviewers who are highly ranked themselves.

6 months ago
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Who Gets to Be Part of the Social Science Canon?

Drawing on a quantitative study of sociologists in the 20th century, Nicole Holzhauser argues that not only the content of scientific work, but also social capital has historically played a significant role in allocating recognition and power.

7 months ago

Getting a Handle on Both Societal and Scientific Impact

In this post, Jorrit Smit and Laurens Hessels, draw on a recent analysis of different impact evaluation tools to explore how they constitute and direct conceptions of research impact. Finding a common separation between evaluation focused on scientific and societal impact, they suggest bridging this divide may prove beneficial to producing research that has public value, rather than research that achieves particular metrics.

8 months ago

Nobelist David Card Made the Minimum Wage Respectable

This year’s Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to Canadian -born but US-based economist David Card for his work with Alan Krueger in reversing the perception that raising the minimum wage inevitably reduces the number of jobs.

8 months ago