Evaluating the Social Sciences and Humanities in Context

Theresa Beiner, Peter van den Besselaar, Johan Jacquemin, David Budtz Pedersen, Ismael Rafols, Gunnar Sivertsen, Jacek Zrałek

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This article presents the course and conclusions of the discussion on evaluation of research in social sciences and humanities (SSH). The results of SSH research can, on the one hand, be of significant local importance, and, on the other, require an appropriate international context. These conflicting trends are difficult to balance. A further difficulty is the attempt to reduce the evaluation of research results in SSH to the effects of publication ranking. This trend gives rise to many pathological phenomena (related, for example, to the increase in the cost of publication in journals and other ranked publications). The dominance of the ranking system of journals within the framework of financing scientific disciplines has negative impacts on aspects of academic activity beyond the publication of research results. Teaching activities and university relations with the wider world may suffer. In the course of the discussion an attempt is made to respond to these threats.
Original languageEnglish
JournalConstitutional Law Review
Issue number55
Pages (from-to)153
Number of pages175
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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    Beiner, T., van den Besselaar, P., Jacquemin, J., Pedersen, D. B., Rafols, I., Sivertsen, G., & Zrałek, J. (2020). Evaluating the Social Sciences and Humanities in Context. Constitutional Law Review, 3(55), 153. https://doi.org/1015804