Introducing the International Center for the Study of Research
The Center will listen closely to the research community’s needs and will identify, review, develop and foster the use of rich and precise qualitative and quantitative indicators of research inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes. Robust, carefully-used indicators can help students, faculty, researchers, research administrators and policy makers make the most of the resources at their disposal to achieve their research aims. Smart indicators also help accurately showcase research impact to the global community.
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.
Advisory board members explain why they joined the ICSR, what they hope to achieve through the work on the board.
The ICSR’s modus operandi will be to encourage the examination of research using arrays of metrics and qualitative and quantitative methods rather than favoring one-size-fits-all approaches. The proposed arrays will allow researchers and analysts to more effectively evaluate research on dimensions such as productivity, quality, and impact. The Center will draw on the interconnected disciplines of research evaluation, bibliometrics and scientometrics, science of science, science and technology studies, and science of team science. Through its work the Center will seek to further our understanding of the sociological, technological and cultural factors that underpin the conduct of modern research and how the interplay of these forces drive research progress.
The ICSR will be simultaneously: an open lab for the generation of hypotheses, a forum for mixing established evaluation expertise with fresh ideas, and a test center and assembly plant for the array of indicators and implementation best practices that will contribute to the growth of rigorous research evaluation practices. In this work it is supported by the ICSR Advisory Board, comprised of experts in research metrics, indicators and research assessment practices drawn from within and beyond Elsevier and selected to reflect a diversity of gender, geography, culture and research expertise.