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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

UK research assessment: constrained metrics from conflicted provider

Stevan Harnad, UK's HEFCE Squandering Its Credibility and Assets In Assessing Research Assessment, Open Access Archivangelism, February 15, 2009.  Excerpt:

Corbyn, ZoŽ (2009) "Conflict of interest warning over Evidence sale" [to Thompson Reuters]. Times Higher Education Supplement. 22 January 2009

There is indeed not only a potential but an actual conflict of interest when the party that is comparing and assessing the different candidate data and databases that can be used in UK national research assessment is the commercial producer of one of the candidate databases.

HEFCE [Higher Education Funding Council for England] is sleep-walking in letting this happen, and in several other decisions it is making without thinking them through properly, including the failure to test and validate a rich variety of other potential research-assessment metrics....especially the ones provided by the growing worldwide network of Open Access Repositories....