Evaluating eResearch A Basis for Collaboration Between the eHumanities Group and CWTS?, New Trends in eHumanities

Paul Wouters, Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University


April 28, 2011

Evaluating e-Research: A Basis for Collaboration Between the e-Humanities Group and CWTS?
Currently, research evaluation, if it takes place, is strongly biased towards publication in international peer reviewed journals and more specifically in journals that are used as source journals by Thomson Reuters for the production of the Web of Science suite of products. This has created a disadvantage for scholars in the humanities and social sciences. I will discuss the main outlines of a report that is currently under review and will be published in the near future about evaluating the humanities and qualitative social sciences. This will be the backdrop to discuss more generally how methodological innovative researchers can be properly evaluated in the sciences, social sciences and humanities more generally. The current focus on ISI covered journals is not only problematic for scholars who write books or articles in other languages than English, it is also problematic for researchers who spend their energies on new media products or invest in e-research methods that are not yet visible in the scientific journals. In this context, I will try to pose some questions about the tensions between formal evaluation and assessing the potential of new research venues. This might be an interesting research agenda for the e-Humanities Group to explore together with other researchers in the area of evaluation, such as the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, and also our colleagues at the Science Assessment department of the Rathenau Institute. Presentation available here.