Social policy excellence: peer review or metrics? Analyzing the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in social work and social policy and administration

McKay, Steve (2012) Social policy excellence: peer review or metrics? Analyzing the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in social work and social policy and administration. Social Policy & Administration, 46 (5). pp. 526-543. ISSN 0144-5596

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Abstract

A metrics-based assessment can predict reasonably well the overall outcome of the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 for social work and social policy and administration in terms of research environment, but not in terms of research outputs. It is not possible to replicate peer review of the
research outputs using existing data. It is sometimes argued that citation counts provide an
alternative approach that might help research assessment, but it is one fraught with difficulties.
Academics did not, in fact, routinely chose to submit their most cited work. At least in this subject, metrics are more suited as handmaiden to peer review than its replacement.

Keywords:Research assessment, Metrics, Peer review, Research Assessment Exercise
Subjects:L Social studies > L500 Social Work
L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:18 Mar 2013 13:44

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