Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Research evaluation and bibliometrics - again

Another REF report. Quotations:
bibliometric indicators alone cannot provide a sufficiently robust measure of quality to drive funding allocations in any discipline at present. (p. 27, emphasis added)
Through those initial consultations – and the more recent bibliometrics pilot exercise – a widespread consensus has emerged that while metrics should inform expert review they are not sufficiently robust to replace expert review. While we remain concerned to reduce the burden of assessment, we believe we have exhausted the main options for any radically different alternative approach. The REF will be driven by a process of expert review, informed by metrics. (p. 27, emphasis added)
As I wrote time ago: it is stupid not to rely on bibliometric indicators. And it is stupid to rely on bibliometric indicators only.


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