Activity: Academic talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Science is obsessed with metrics for the assessment of researchers and their outputs. Impact factors, citation counts and the h-index are now entrenched in academic culture, but is this a good thing? The evidence suggests that it is not. Worse still, there is a noticeable lack of evidence to support the use of these metrics in guiding research assessment. Thus, we're faced with the irony that science is evidence-based, yet scientists themselves have embraced a method of assessment that is tellingly lacking in any empirical basis.
In this talk, I discuss the current situation and how to resolve it. Let's stop obsessing over journals and 'impact' and rebalance our focus on robust, reliable and open research.
4 Jun 2019
FAIR Science: tricky problems and creative solutions