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Testing novel quantitative indicators of research 'quality', esteem and 'user engagement': an economics pilot study

Testing novel quantitative indicators of research 'quality', esteem and 'user engagement': an economics pilot study

Donovan, Claire ORCID: 0000-0002-6105-7794 and Butler, Linda (2007) Testing novel quantitative indicators of research 'quality', esteem and 'user engagement': an economics pilot study. Research Evaluation, 16 (4). pp. 231-242. ISSN 0958-2029 (Print), 1471-5449 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.3152/095820207X257030)

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Abstract

Applying ‘standard’ publication and citation measures to the social sciences is fast becoming an outmoded practice, yet we have still to develop credible quantitative alternatives to inform research evaluation exercises. This paper reports the outcomes of a comparative pilot study of five Australian economics departments which tested data produced using novel bibliometric, esteem, and ‘user engagement’ measures. The results were presented to a group of expert peers drawn from the economics groups studied. There was support for developing some novel bibliometric indicators and ‘user engagement’ measures, but esteem indicators were roundly rejected.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: economics, research quality, bibliometrics, esteem, user engagement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 15:26
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28855

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