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Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms

Objective

Assessment of the performance of individual researchers is the cornerstone of the scientific and scholarly workforce. It shapes the quality and relevance of knowledge production in science, technology and innovation. Currently, there is a discrepancy between the criteria used in performance assessment and the broader social and economic function of scientific and scholarly research. Additional problems in the current evaluation system are: lack of resources for qualitative evaluation due to increased scale of research; available quantitative measures are often not applicable at the individual level; and there is a lack of recognition for new types of work that researchers need to perform. As a result, the broader social functions of the scientific system are often not included in its quality control mechanisms.

Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms (ACUMEN) addresses these problems by developing criteria and guidelines for Good Evaluation Practices (GEP). These will be based on an ACUMEN Portfolio for individual researchers throughout the sciences, social sciences and humanities combining multiple qualitative and quantitative evidence sources. The ACUMEN Portfolio will be based on: a comparative analysis of current peer review systems in Europe; an in-depth exploration of novel peer review practices; an assessment of the use of scientometric indicators in performance evaluation; the development of new web-based indicators and web-based evaluation tools; and a comparative analysis of the implications of current and emerging evaluation practices for the career development of women researchers. ACUMEN is an integrated, comparative study in which a set of proven methods will be used on the basis of selections from one shared data set: a sample of European Research Area personnel from bibliographic and web databases as well as data harvested from websites, and data gathered through interviews and from citation indexes.

Field of science

  • /social sciences

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 358 868,75
Administrative Contact
Piet Knetsch (Mr.)

Participants (9)

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 185 250
Address
Bar Ilan University Campus
52900 Ramat Gan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isser Israel Peer (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 133 076
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jumenez Arroyo (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 198 010
Address
Wulfruna Street
WV1 1LY Wolverhampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thelwall Michael (Prof.)
SIHTASUTUS ARCHIMEDES
Estonia
Address
Tonismagi 11
10119 Tallinn
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Anne Park (Ms.)
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 560
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank Havemann (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE WILDAU
Germany
EU contribution
€ 82 187,25
Address
Bahnhofstrasse
15745 Wildau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
László Ungvári (Prof.)
DET INFORMATIONSVIDENSKABELIGE AKADEMI
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 118 620
Address
Birketinget 6
2300 Kobenhavn S
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Larsen Birger (Mr.)
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 244 440
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Andrea Scharnhorst (Dr.)
SIHTASUTUS EESTI TEADUSAGENTUUR
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 74 400
Address
Soola 8
51004 Tartu
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
ülle Must (Dr.)