[Sigmetrics] Research assessment in the humanities - towards criteria and procedures

Matthew Marsteller matthewm at andrew.cmu.edu
Mon Apr 25 12:09:45 EDT 2016

One of the first things that I tried to determine quickly  was the definition of "Humanities" per this book.  In the U.S., there is often a separation of fine arts from stuff like English and History (which at my university are considered the Humanities).  However, I'm finding the lack of a definition (at least a working definition) of the term in the front matter of the book a bit ... unhelpful.  Comments?

Matthew R. Marsteller
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Subject: [Sigmetrics] Research assessment in the humanities - towards criteria and procedures

Research Assessment in the Humanities - Towards Criteria and Procedures

Editors: Ochsner, Michael, Hug, Sven E., Daniel, Hans-Dieter (Eds.)

This book analyzes and discusses the recent developments for measuring research quality in social sciences and the humanities. Research assessments in the humanities are highly controversial and the evaluation of humanities research is delicate. While citation-based research performance indicators are widely used in the natural and life sciences, quantitative measures for research performance meet strong opposition in the humanities. This volume combines the presentation of state-of-the-art projects on research assessments in the humanities by humanities scholars themselves with a description of the evaluation of humanities research in practice presented by research funders. Bibliometric issues concerning humanities research complete the exhaustive analysis of humanities research assessment. The selection of authors is well-balanced between humanities scholars, research funders, and researchers on higher education. Hence, the edited volume succeeds in painting a comprehensive picture of research evaluation in the humanities. This book is valuable to university and science policy makers, university administrators, research evaluators, bibliometricians as well as humanities scholars who seek expert knowledge in research evaluation in the humanities.

Available online: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-29016-4

Björn Hammarfelt, PhD
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Bibliotekshögskolan / Swedish School of Library and Information Science
Högskolan i Borås / University of Borås
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