National research assessment exercises: A comparison of peer review and bibliometrics rankings

by Giovanni Abramo, Ciriaco Andrea D'Angelo, Flavia Di Costa
Scientometrics ()
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Abstract

Development of bibliometric techniques has reached such a level as to\nsuggest their integration or total substitution for classic peer review\nin the national research assessment exercises, as far as the hard\nsciences are concerned. In this work we compare rankings lists of\nuniversities captured by the first Italian evaluation exercise, through\npeer review, with the results of bibliometric simulations. The\ncomparison shows the great differences between peer review and\nbibliometric rankings for excellence and productivity.

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