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Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms

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.

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)

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BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 185 250

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 133 076

UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 198 010

SIHTASUTUS ARCHIMEDES

Estonia

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 560

TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE WILDAU

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 82 187,25

DET INFORMATIONSVIDENSKABELIGE AKADEMI

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 118 620

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 244 440

SIHTASUTUS EESTI TEADUSAGENTUUR

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 74 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266632

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2011

  • End date

    28 February 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SIS

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 025 827,42

  • EU contribution

    € 1 495 412

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands