Research Assessment in Australia: Journal Ranking, Research Classification and Ratings
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This is a draft chapter/article. The final version will be available in Handbook on Research Assessment in the Social Sciences edited by Engels, TCE and Kulczycki, E, forthcoming 2021, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
Australia introduced a new research assessment model in 2010 after many years of assessing research through purely quantitative measures. Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assesses research quality across the entire higher education sector and involves extensive data collection and highly detailed submissions for universities. This chapter traces the history of research assessment in Australia before discussing three key components of the ERA model - journal ranking, research classification and assessment ratings. It focuses the discussion on how these components of the ERA have impacted the social sciences and how the social sciences have fared under the model. Drawing on national and international commentary and research, this critical analysis of research assessment in Australia seeks to interrogate the current model and inform future developments in research assessment.
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