Role of Metrics in Research Assessment

Response to the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment: Call for Evidence by the Higher and Further Education Funding Council for England (hefce)


The quality and diverse impacts of scientific and scholarly research are commonly assessed using a combination of peer review and a variety of quantitative metrics. Peer review is the most established method of research assessment and underpins the academic system in the UK and internationally. The use of metrics is a newer approach but has developed rapidly as a potential method of measuring research quality and impact in some fields, though how best to do this is still the subject of considerable debate.

In June 2014, HEFCE started an independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment. As part of this review, the independent steering group invited comments and advice from learned societies and other bodies on a number of issues, to inform the development of proposals and recommendations about the future use of metrics in research assessment and management. Find out more about the review here.

To read the British International Studies Association response read the document below.


Consultation Response




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