Sunday, February 7, 2010

ERA 2010

Detailed information is now available for the ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2010 exercise to be carried out by the ARC (Australian Research Council). This is similar to the research quality assessment exercises carried out in the UK. The only social science where they will use citation analysis is psychology. I can see no reason not to use citation analysis in economics except for the field of economic history where books are important and citations in journals are low. The main tools, therefore, will be peer review of nominated work (20% of your outputs) and assessment of the quality of journals in which researchers have published. The list of ranked journals for economics is not yet available it seems.

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