Evaluation complacency or evaluation inertia? A study of evaluative metrics and research practices in Irish universities
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|Title:||Evaluation complacency or evaluation inertia? A study of evaluative metrics and research practices in Irish universities||Authors:||Ma, Lai
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10583||Date:||16-Apr-2019||Online since:||2019-05-21T13:17:52Z||Abstract:||Evaluative metrics have been used for research assessment in most universities and funding agencies with the assumption that more publications and higher citation counts imply increased productivity and better quality of research. This study investigates the understanding and perceptions of metrics, as well as the influences and implications of the use of evaluative metrics on research practices, including choice of research topics and publication channels, citation behavior, and scholarly communication in Irish universities. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with researchers from the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences in various career stages. Our findings show that there are conflicting attitudes toward evaluative metrics in principle and in practice. The phenomenon is explained by two concepts: evaluation complacency and evaluation inertia. We conclude that evaluative metrics should not be standardized and institutionalized without a thorough examination of their validity and reliability and without having their influences on academic life, research practices, and knowledge production investigated. We also suggest that an open and public discourse should be supported for the discussion of evaluative metrics in the academic community.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Oxford University Press (OUP)||Journal:||Research Evaluation||Copyright (published version):||2019 the Authors||Keywords:||Evaluative metrics; Research assessment; Research practices; Citation behaviour; Evaluation complacency; Evaluation inertia||DOI:||10.1093/reseval/rvz008||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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