Game over

Author(s)
Veronique de Herde, Mattias Björnmalm, Toma Susi
Abstract

Processes of research evaluation are coming under increasing scrutiny, with detractors arguing that they have adverse effects on research quality, and that they support a research culture of competition to the detriment of collaboration. Based on three personal perspectives, we consider how current systems of research evaluation lock early career researchers and their supervisors into practices that are deemed necessary to progress academic careers within the current evaluation frameworks. We reflect on the main areas in which changes would enable better research practices to evolve; many align with open science. In particular, we suggest a systemic approach to research evaluation, taking into account its connections to the mechanisms of financial support for the institutions of research and higher education in the broader landscape. We call for more dialogue in the academic world around these issues and believe that empowering early career researchers is key to improving research quality.

Organisation(s)
Physics of Nanostructured Materials
External organisation(s)
Université catholique de Louvain, Research and Innovation CESAER
Journal
Insights: the UKSG Journal
Volume
34
Pages
1-6
No. of pages
6
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1629/UKSG.548
Publication date
06-2021
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
506017 Science and technology policy
Keywords
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Library and Information Sciences
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/game-over(44f26382-cf64-4959-8446-5132f9c8971d).html