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International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR)

International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR)

Advancing research evaluation in all fields of knowledge production

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Decisions informed by evidence to benefit research and society

Our mission

The mission of the International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) is to further the study of research and thus to contribute to the evidence base supporting the practice of research strategy, evaluation and policy.

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How does ICSR deliver on this mission?

ICSR delivers on this mission by identifying critical challenges and questions in research (ICSR Research Projects(opens in new tab/window), organized around key research themes), which are developed with key stakeholders, including funding organizations, institutions, experts in the study of research and researchers themselves. We are also supported by an external ICSR Advisory Board.

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Data & Analytics

These research questions are addressed by qualitative and/or quantitative approaches, including using the rich datasets and advanced analytics available in the ICSR Lab. Insights and recommendations are shared through reports such as ICSR Perspectives or via peer-reviewed publications(opens in new tab/window); co-created methods, metrics, and indicators will be available to the research community using a framework for their responsible use.

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ICSR resources

ICSR and responsible research evaluation

ICSR endorses best practice in the responsible use of research metrics and indicators in research evaluation.

ICSR Advisory Board

The role of the Advisory Board is to provide the Center with robust, rigorous and contextual expert advice in the areas of research evaluation and research metrics and indicators.