The Self-Evaluation of the Production of a Scientific Community: A Methodological Proposal

Journal title RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione
Author/s Giuseppe Anzera, Antonio Fasanella, Serena Liani, Fabrizio Martire, Marco Palmieri
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2016/64
Language Italian Pages 20 P. 112-131 File size 1035 KB
DOI 10.3280/RIV2016-064007
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In this paper we present a self-evaluation model of the research production of a scientific community. This model is based on a case study: an analysis of the publications of the academic staff at the Department of Communication and Social Research (La Sapienza, University of Rome) from 2011 to 2014. In the first part of the paper, we describe the publications production from a quantitative perspective; then, we introduce more qualitative aspects considering an index of editorial ranking of the publications. In both sections, the synchronic analysis is combined with a diachronic analysis, in order to identify trends. We believe that this model will be useful both for the research institutes to evaluate outputs and outcomes of their policies, and for the researchers to benchmark their publication style against the scientific production of their communities.

Keywords: evaluation of universities; self-evaluation; quality of scientific research; editorial ranking; scientific communities; human and social sciences

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Giuseppe Anzera, Antonio Fasanella, Serena Liani, Fabrizio Martire, Marco Palmieri, L’auto-valutazione della produzione di una comunità scientifica: una proposta metodologica in "RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione" 64/2016, pp 112-131, DOI: 10.3280/RIV2016-064007