ICSR Perspectives

ICSR Perspectives is a series of short reports from the ICSR which aims to further the conversation, offer new perspectives and inform the research community on topics relating to research evaluation. In line with the remit of the ICSR, the scope of the series is broad, including topics such as research metrics and indicators, the varied types of research impact, trends in scholarly publishing and more.

Achieving an equitable transition to open access for researchers in lower and middle-income countries

This White Paper – produced in collaboration with the STM Association – provides an evidence base supporting practical recommendations towards the equitable and inclusive shift towards open access publishing in countries eligible for Research4Life participation.

Authors: Andrea Powell, Rob Johnson, Rachel Herbert
Categories: Open Science; Research globalization

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Accept me, accept me not: What do journal acceptance rates really mean?

This study considers what journal acceptance rates can tell a submitting author about a journal and whether the rate is a signal of other journal attributes – impact or quality, for example.

Author: Rachel Herbert
Category: Research Practices

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Evaluating Research in the 21st Century: Mapping the topical evolution of Research Evaluation

In this video, we look at how the field of research evaluation can be defined and how it has evolved over a 20-year period. Using Scopus and VOSviewer, we present a topical evolution of a field, as defined by the published literature.

Author: Rachel Herbert
Category: Research Practices

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The Need for Speed: How quickly do preprints become published articles?

In our latest Perspectives paper, The Need for Speed: How quickly do preprints become published articles?, we identify benefits for authors posting biology preprints and investigate how quickly preprints become published articles.

Authors: Rachel Herbert, Dr. Kate Gasson, Alex Ponsford
Categories: Open Science; Research careers

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The Need for Speed: How quickly do preprints become published articles?

Fractional Authorship & Publication Productivity:

In this first Perspectives paper, Fractional Authorship & Publication Productivity, we look at how patterns of authorship are evolving. With the growth in publications and the length of author lists, we examine what that means for authors – are they writing more each year, or just writing more collaboratively?

Authors: Dr. Kate Gasson, Rachel Herbert, Alex Ponsford
Category: Research careers

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Fractional Authorship & Publication Productivity