[Sigmetrics] 2nd CfP: RESSH2017 - Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities (6-7 July 2017, Antwerp)

Raf Guns raf.guns at uantwerpen.be
Mon Jan 30 05:54:40 EST 2017

Second call for papers: RESSH 2017 –­ Research Evaluation in the Social 
Sciences and Humanities
University of Antwerp, Campus Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium
6–7 July 2017
www.uantwerpen.be/ressh2017 <https://www.uantwerpen.be/ressh2017>

The EvalHum Initiative <http://www.evalhum.eu> is pleased to open the 
call for papers for its second international conference on Research 
Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (RESSH), to be held 
at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, on the 6thand 7thof July 2017.

This conference follows the highly successful first conference that was 
held in Rennes, France, in June 2015. The aim of this event is to bring 
together a wide range of researchers and stakeholders interested in 
questions of research evaluation and the societal impact of the social 
sciences and the humanities (SSH).

Conference themes

The development of research evaluation protocols and performance-based 
funding systems is rooted in policy decisions aiming to improve research 
and the research system as a whole. However, the implementation of such 
policies has attracted a great deal of criticism, especially from the 
SSH. The purpose of the RESSH conference is to explore whether 
evaluation can be useful to SSH researchers, whether it seeks to improve 
the quality and relevance of research or whether it is simply a 
management tool for the allocation of funds or imposition of policy.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  * Evaluation of societal relevance of SSH research
  * Notions of quality in SSH research
  * Diversity in SSH research and its relation to assessment
  * Bibliometric indicators for the SSH
  * Alternative metrics of SSH research impact
  * Data sources on SSH research output
  * Evaluation practices in SSH
  * Role of evaluation in knowledge production processes
  * Effects of evaluation and performance-based funding on SSH research
    and researchers
  * Peer review in the SSH
  * Open Access for SSH and its potential for assessment of research
  * The international dimension in SSH research
  * Characteristics of dissemination channels

In each case, authors are expected to explicitly link the topic to 
evaluation of SSH research. Case studies of specific fields are welcome.

Keynote speakers

We are happy to announce that Howard D. WHITE (Drexel University) and 
Askold IVANTCHIK (CNRS, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Moscow State 
University) will deliver a keynote at RESSH 2017.

Conference Organisers

EvalHum <http://www.evalhum.eu> is an open initiative, aiming at 
promoting the study of SSH research and increasing its visibility among 
scholars of other fields and disciplines, the lay public and 
stakeholders and decision makers. Evaluation appears as an interesting 
tool to achieve this.

EvalHum seeks to break both locked-in and locked-out syndromes affecting 
the SSH, through bringing together all actors, with an emphasis on 
research evaluators, but also on the shop floor of the SSH researchers.

Scientific committee

  * Tim ENGELS
  * Ioana GALLERON
  * Raf GUNS
  * Emanuel KULCZYCKI
  * Michael OCHSNER
  * Linda SILE
  * Jolanta SINKUNIENE
  * Gunnar SIVERTSEN
  * Jack SPAAPEN
  * Mimi URBANC
  * Geoffrey WILLIAMS
  * Alesia ZUCCALA

Submission types

There are three types of contributions to the conference. For each type, 
an abstract should be submitted via the online system 

 1. *Paper presentations* allow for 20 minutes of presentation, followed
    by 10 minutes of discussions. For paper presentations, an extended
    abstract of maximum 1200 words should be submitted.
 2. *Roundtables* gather 4 to 6 panellists, for maximum 45 minutes of
    presentations, followed by minimum 45 minutes of discussion with the
    attendees. Extended abstract contains maximum 1200 words and should
    describe the format of the roundtable, its contents, and the
    anticipated participants.
 3. *Poster presentations* will be held during one or more dedicated
    poster sessions. Poster abstracts contain maximum 400 words.

Deadline for submission is 13 February 2017. Authors will be notified of 
acceptance by 14 April 2017.


Raf Guns
Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM)
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Antwerp
Campus Middelheim
Middelheimlaan 1
2020 Antwerp, Belgium
raf.guns at uantwerpen.be <mailto:raf.guns at uantwerpen.be>
+32 3 265 45 10

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