Researchevaluation: whyis it relevant tolibrarians?Jenny DelasalleUniversity of Warwick Library@JennyDelasalle
Q1. Who measures theperformance of researchers?
University rankings Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai) QS World University Rankings Times Higher Ed World University Rankings Webometrics … various others
REF 2014 36 Units of Assessment Environ- ment 15% Impact 20% Research Outputs 65%
Funders, eg RCUK RCUK’s Research Outcomes System (ROS) An evidence base: reports to Government, the public and other organisations. publications Other… (eg) new materials, exhibitions and websites staff development collaborations and partnerships, communication and dissemination activities summaries of impact.
Institution / Head of Department recruitment stage / performance review Looking for: 1. Number of recent (quality) publications 2. Grant income 3. PhD students supervised 4. Things measured by funders & important rankings Snowballmetrics project Showcasing their researchers
Researchers for themselves / aspeers1. What to put on CV/in performance review documents.2. What should they do to reach target audience? To enhance citations?3. Peer review for journals (and on REF panels)4. Editors of journals review the reviewers!
Journal title: Short-hand forquality? Cachet, because of : History. Rigorous peer review & editing. Attract many submissions & choose the best. Circulation/audience. Invest in a high profile Good Indexes/discovery tools.
Journal info sources & rankings Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory DOAJ JCR – 2/5 year IF, Immediacy index, Cited half life, Eigenfactor. SJR & SNIP Google Scholar’s “Metrics”. European Reference Index for the Humanities Harzing.com
Article level measures Sorting of results by citations. Display the number of visitors/downloads/ citations per article. Reviews and comments by readers: on the journal site/on blogs/SSRN/twitter, etc. Likes & bookmarks. Scores or ratings by readers? News/media coverage.
Librarians as... Repository/CRIS managers: a source of info. for others Guides to Library subscription sources: citation data, publishing patterns & trends Expert advisers on alternative metrics and how they are best used
The future? An Article level economy. Availability of Altmetrics will support interest in other kinds of outputs than journal articles.