Prometheus Assessed?

Research Measurement, Peer Review, and Citation Analysis


  • Shaun Goldfinch, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Kiyoshi Yamamoto, University of Tokyo, Japan

This book examines the problems, pitfalls and opportunities of different models of assessing research quality, drawing on studies from around the world. Aimed at academics, education officials and public servants, key features include an overview of the argument of whether research should be assessed and how research quality should be determined. Prometheus Assessed? offers a survey of research assessment models in the US, UK, Japan and New Zealand and includes an examination of citation analysis and comparison between the different models.
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Academics, education officials and public servants, and university administrators


Book information

  • Published: April 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-589-3


This excellent book fills a glaring gap in literature and is packed full of research into researcher and university performance assessment. It takes a no-holds-barred approach to investigating and teasing apart the different methods for research assessment, showing the perils and pitfalls of each and just how shaky the foundations for assessment really are. The case studies of Britain, Japan and New Zealand are particularly illuminating. The book is a must read for those subject to the ever-present regulation of publishing and research activity through peer-review and other methods of triage. It should be on the desk of every university Vice-Chancellor and President, as well as all tertiary education and research policy makers., Robin Gauld, Professor of Health Policy, University of Otago Medical School, New Zealand

Table of Contents

Prometheus assessed? Publication, citation and bibliometric assessment of research; Peer review, refereeing and their discontents: A failed model or simply the least worst option? From the Research Assessment Exercise to the Research Excellence Framework: Changing assessment models in the United Kingdom? Perils of peer review in a small country? The Performance Based Research Fund in New Zealand; Research evaluation in Japan: The case of the National University Corporations; Conclusion: Prometheus assessed and lessons for research assessment.