Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms

Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms (ACUMEN) addresses the current discrepancy between the broader social and economic functions of scientific and scholarly research in all fields of the sciences, social sciences and the humanities and the dominant criteria for evaluating performance by researchers. The assessment of the performance of individual researchers is the cornerstone of the scientific and scholarly workforce. These evaluations happen at different stages of the careers of researchers and come in different forms, among others: job interviews, annual performance assessments, journal peer review of researchers' manuscripts, and reviews of grant applications. These evaluations have a tremendous influence on all aspects of knowledge production. Moreover, the very criteria of what counts as excellent and relevant research for the next generation of researchers will be strongly influenced by their current experiences in the regular evaluation exercises to which they are subjected. It is therefore urgent that the criteria used in evaluations at the individual level have a clear and well-understood relationship with the requirements that scientists and scholars will need to meet in the near future. Understanding the ways in which researchers are evaluated by their peers and institutions is crucial for assessing how the science system can be improved and enhanced. Within the framework of the Lisbon Agenda, ACUMEN will develop criteria and guidelines for Good Evaluation Practices (GEP). These will culminate in recommendations for an ACUMEN Portfolio of evidence in support of individual career achievements for researchers throughout science and engineering, social science and the humanities. Each researcher's ACUMEN Portfolio will combine multiple qualitative and quantitative evidence sources about their career and contributions. The structure of ACUMEN Portfolios for individual academics will be based upon comparative research on: 1) the peer review system in Europe; 2) new quantitative performance indicators; and 3) new ways of using the web by researchers. ACUMEN is based on a specific conceptualization of what evaluation in scientific and scholarly research performs, and on a diagnosis of some of the key problems in the current evaluation system in Europe. These are the main ideas that drive the research agenda of ACUMEN. This section will first explain these ideas, subsequently specify the research goals of ACUMEN, and then explain how they relate to the goals of the Call.

Principal Investigators
Havemann, Frank Dr. (Details) (Library Science Specializing in Digital Library)

Europäische Union (EU)

Duration of Project
Start date: 03/2011
End date: 02/2014

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