A new report "The Business of People: The Significance of Social Science over the Next Decade" by the Campaign for Social Science was launched on the 24th February, by Rt Hon Greg Clarke MP, Miniter for universities, Science and Cities.
As the UK general election and spending review draw near, this report makes recommendations to politicians and Policy makers in Westminster, Whitehall and in the devolved administrations, as well as funding councils, think tanks, higher education and businesses.
Monographs and Open Access report launched
HEFCE published its report 'Monographs and Open Access' in January 2015, a welcome in-depth study of the impacts of open access publishing on the publication of monographs. The British International Studies Association has been involved in debates regarding the adoption of open access models of publishing and their impact on academic research. The Association welcomes this detailed analysis of the implications of open access for monographs - a major form of research output in our discipline.
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.