Measuring the research quality of Humanities and Social Sciences publications: An analysis of the effectiveness of traditional measures and altmetrics

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Abstract

This paper explores the different options and approaches for measuring the research quality of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) publications. It includes an analysis of options presented in the Metrics Toolkit, the findings of the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities network Working Group on HASS Research Quality Indicators in Australia and New Zealand, and advice from other research-intensive universities.

Metrics used to measure the quality of research outputs often focus on traditionally accepted measures of citations and journal rankings. This has been further reinforced by institutional rankings such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) influencing the way Universities are measured in terms of their research output quality and impact. As a result of this, research output activity reporting often focuses on progress in relation to these metrics and may be included in locally created institutional key performance indicators (KPIs).

This paper is an attempt to identify other ways of measuring research outputs in HASS disciplines and explore how quality of these outputs could be measured.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

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