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Category Archives: Research assessment

Do metrics have a future?

Written on May 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm, by

The publication of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment provides a welcome point of focus from which to debate the value of metrics that attempt to measure the volume and quality contributions made to scientific progress by a country, funding agency, institution or individual researcher. A major stimulus for this multi-publisher/agency review was the Read more...

Do major funding agencies support better research?

Written on January 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm, by

Too many US authors of the most innovative and influential papers in the life sciences do not receive NIH funding, conclude Joshua M. Nicholson and John P. A. Ioannidis in a recent issue of Nature. The authors concluded that three out of five of a carefully selected sample of highly cited principal investigators eligible for Read more...

Global competition and the demise of the Ivory Tower

Written on January 10, 2013 at 10:43 am, by

According to Wikipedia the term Ivory Tower, which originates in the Biblical Song of Solomon, has been widely used to describe an academic environment where intellectuals engage in pursuits that are disconnected from the practical concerns of everyday life. Those days are over. Battelle’s annual R&D report and the National Science Foundation’s Science and Engineering Read more...

Scientific publishing goes “Boink”

Written on January 9, 2013 at 11:49 am, by

A simplified picture of the scientific research process would include a cycle of events beginning with the identification of a new idea or hypothesis (A “known unknown” after Donald Rumsfeld’s definition) derived from a gap analysis of the literature, followed by competitive peer review of the corresponding research proposal and the release of funding and Read more...