Dressing up Irresponsible Metrics as Responsible Metrics

David Whyte from the University of Liverpool thinks his institution is making a mockery of established standards in research metrics. In this post he breaks down why he thinks so and how this could effect the broader research community. University of Liverpool Faculty of Health, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic I’ll begin by putting my cards …

Three thoughts about REF peer review

Lizzie Gadd asks whether more could be done to build confidence in the REF peer review process. Introduction Peer review is still held up as the gold standard of research evaluation, and, for most, infinitely preferable to metrics. As such, the REF prides itself on being “a process of expert peer review”, so reads its …

Metrics, Research Assessment and League Tables: An Australian perspective – Guest post by Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg

In this blog post, Dr Muriel E Swijghuisen Reigersberg (University of Sydney), provides an insight of metrics and research assessment in the Australian research landscape, and how it compares to that of the UK. How are metrics, research assessment, league tables, open access and researcher development interrelated, and how does this vary from one country …