Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Metric?

This Monday marks the end of the open consultation for HEFCE’s Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment. Steve Fuller argues that academics, especially interdisciplinary scholars, should welcome the opportunity to approach the task of citation differently.

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The Thankless Burden of the Public Intellectual

Scholars are increasingly expected to consider the wider public, but with little to negative promotion incentive. Christopher Meyers finds much of what academics do does not fit into the standard boxes of teaching, scholarship and service. Is it time to replace these categories with a single holistic and qualitative standard?

8 years ago
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Altmetrics Aren’t Always So ‘Alt’ – Ask the Developing World

The Web of Science and its corresponding Journal Impact Factor are inadequate for an understanding of the impact of scholarly work from developing regions, argues Juan Pablo Alperin. The altmetrics community should engage with scholars from developing regions to ensure the new metrics do not continue to cater to well-known and well-established networks.

8 years ago