Review of International practices and measures of quality and impact of research

As part of the Australian Research Evaluation and Policy Project (REPP), a recent review report lists 40 possible indicators of quality. The report ” A Review of Current Australian and International Practice in Measuring the Quality and Impact of Publicly Funded Research in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.” by C Donovan ((2005), C. Donovan , REPP Discussion Paper 05/3, November) provides the following list (and much more very usefull information on the design of the assessment process:

Indicator 1. Number of publications
Indicator 2. Number of funded papers
Indicator 3. Number of ISI publications
Indicator 4. Number of ISI publications, weighted by journal impact
Indicator 5. Number of publications in top journals
Indicator 6. Distribution of publications over journal impact classes
Indicator 7. Journal Impact Factor (IF)
Indicator 8. Expected Citation Impact
Indicator 9. World Citation Impact
Indicator 10. Journal to Field Impact Score (JFIS)
Indicator 11. Share of self-citations
Indicator 12. Number of Citations
Indicator 13. Number of external citations
Indicator 14. Citations per publication
Indicator 15. Uncitedness
Indicator 16. Distribution of publications over field-normalised impact classes
Indicator 17. Top 5% most frequently cited publications
Indicator 18. Comparison of actual citation rates to journal averages
Indicator 19. Comparison of actual citation rates to the field average
Indicator 20. Weighted impact
Indicator 21. Ratio journal impact to subfield impact
Indicator 22. Position in the journal spectrum
Indicator 23. Field distribution of publications
Indicator 24. Field distribution of citations
Indicator 25. Number of citers
Indicator 26. Level of collaboration
Indicator 27. Country analysis of collaborators and citers
Indicator 28. Level of Research
Indicator 29. Activity Index
Indicator 30. Number of researchers
Indicator 31. Research time
Indicator 32. External funding
Indicator 33. Research students data
Indicator 34. Keynote addresses
Indicator 35. International visits
Indicator 36. Honours and awards.
Indicator 37. Election to learned societies
Indicator 38. Editorial board membersip
Indicator 39. Membership of review committees
Indicator 40. Membership of government bodies


About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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