Prometheus Assessed?

Prometheus Assessed?

Research Measurement, Peer Review, and Citation Analysis

1st Edition - April 11, 2012

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  • Authors: Shaun Goldfinch, Kiyoshi Yamamoto
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633015
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345893

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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.

Key Features

  • Should research be assessed and what is research quality?
  • Survey of research assessment models in US, UK, Japan and New Zealand
  • Examination of citation analysis


Academics, education officials and public servants, and university administrators

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables

    List of abbreviations


    About the authors

    Chapter 1: Prometheus assessed?


    Bibliometric measures

    Panel review models

    Decentralised models

    But models overlap

    The philosophy of science and research assessment

    What use, if any, is the philosophy of science to research assessment?

    Prometheus assessed – towards a study of the processes and assessment of research

    Chapter 2: Publication, citation and bibliometric assessment of research


    Publication and its centrality to research assessment

    Judging research by publication outlet

    Measuring publication

    Ranking journals – impact factor and professional association listings

    Citation analysis

    Limitations to citations


    Chapter 3: Peer review, refereeing and their discontents: a failed model or simply the least worst option?


    The development of the refereeing process

    The process of review

    Valuing peer review

    Questions and problems regarding peer review and refereeing

    Conclusion: is refereeing a failed model? Or just the least worst option?

    Chapter 4: From the Research Assessment Exercise to the Research Excellence Framework: changing assessment models in the United Kingdom?


    Research and science in the United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom university system

    The Research Assessment Exercise

    Evolution of the RAE

    Process and cost of the RAE

    Evaluating the RAE

    The Research Excellence Framework


    Chapter 5: Perils of peer review in a small country? The Performance Based Research Fund in New Zealand


    Higher education policy framework

    The Performance Based Research Fund – design and operation

    Quality assessment process

    PBRF panel process

    An evaluation of the PBRF by surveying panel members

    Assessing research outputs

    Assessing peer esteem

    Contribution to research environment

    Respondents’ views of what makes an ‘A’ researcher

    The process of assessment

    Respondents’ view of the PBRF scheme

    Assessing the assessors


    Evaluating the PBRF

    Conclusion: limitations of the PBRF and suggested improvements

    Chapter 6: Research evaluation in Japan: the case of the National University Corporations


    Research in Japan

    The Japanese university system

    Research assessment and national universities

    Evaluating the performance of the national universities

    Implementation and results

    Analysis and hypotheses



    Chapter 7: Conclusion: Prometheus assessed and lessons for research assessment


    Research and university evaluation in the United States

    Assessing research – investigating the issues

    Peer and panel review

    Problems of group decision-making

    Disciplinary power, panel review and citation analysis

    Bureaucratic control and research assessment

    The dichotomy between bibliometric and panel assessment is a false one

    Impact, relevance and new directions in research assessment




Product details

  • No. of pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2012
  • Published: April 11, 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633015
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345893

About the Authors

Shaun Goldfinch

Shaun Goldfinch is an Associate Professor at the Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nottingham, UK

Kiyoshi Yamamoto

Kiyoshi Yamamoto is a Professor at the University of Tokyo and the Center for National University Finance and Management, Tokyo.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Tokyo, Japan

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