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Research Impact

Controversy

What are the right methods for determining the impact that research has had?  The proper assessment of the impact of particular articles, authors, journals, and even institutions, has been the subject of much controversy and scholarly discussion.

A number of organizations and scholars advocate for the responsible application of metrics in the research evaluation process. Some believe that journal metrics in particular carry too much weight in hiring and funding decisions. 

Some ongoing projects that aim to ensure that research impact is evaluated fairly include: 

Further Readings

Further readings:

BU LIbraries

Guide Authors

Paula Carey
General Science, Engineering, & Mathematics Librarian
pac@bu.edu

Mary Foppiani
Astronomy, Biology, & Physics Librarian
foppiani@bu.edu

Laura Jenemann
Communications, Film, & Media Librarian
ljeneman@bu.edu

Barbara Maratos
Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, & Linguistics Librarian
bkmarato@bu.edu

Kate Silfen
Health Sciences Librarian
ksilfen@bu.edu

Dan Benedetti
Head, Pickering Education Resources Library
benededa@bu.edu