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European Educational Research Quality Indicators

The project endeavours to enable a more appropriate means of quality assessment than the Science Citation Index or Social Science Citation Index, by means of innovative quality indicators.

Project description

Currently, the Science Citation Index (SCI) by Thomson Scientific constitutes the most influential scientometric instrument for assessing research quality, including its by-products, that is the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), the Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI) and the Journal Citation Report (JCR). These instruments assess ca. 5.800 journals and they perform analyses of citation frequencies. The impact factor generated on the basis of these instruments is generally considered as the most important criterion for evaluating scientific research. However, this is particularly disadvantageous for the area of educational research as a very limited number of relevant literature pertinent to the domain is taken into account. The citation indexes consider a very low number of journals relevant to the domain only, and they are usually limited to English language publications. Social science domains in particular, however, reference a high number of subject-specific literature in national languages that are inadequately represented in this instrument. Publications such as monographs or edited volumes that play an important role in educational science are not taken into account, either. Since there is a growing tendency to assess higher education institutions, research projects and research appointments on the basis of the SSCI, there is a growing need for more apt quality indicators in the area of educational science.

For this reason, the EERQI project endeavours to enable a more appropriate means of quality assessment than the Science Citation Index or Social Science Citation Index, by means of innovative quality indicators. We will construct a content base covering mainly electronic full texts taken from publishing houses as well as open access repositories as the basis for developing and testing indicators. Publication types such as monographs or book chapters and publications in individual national languages will be considered more strongly in this context. Innovative indicators can, for instance, be derived from the area of user analysis, from semantic text analysis or from the analysis of editorial practices. Alternative citation analysis methods are implemented, too. Finally, the new quality indicators will be tested for possible transfers to other disciplines in the areas of social and human sciences.

Funding

The EERQI project is funded for a period of three years within the 7th EU Framework Programme in the field of Socioeconomic Sciences and Humanities. It is conducted by a consortium of 19 different partners from seven countries, including universities and research institutions, but also publishers. The DIPF is particularly involved in the areas of indicator development, multilingualism and evaluation of indicators.

Project management

Alexander Botte

Project team

Angela Vorndran

Project details

State:
Completed projects
Duration:
4/2008 - 3/2011
Funding:
external funding
Department: Information Center for Education
Contact: Angela Vorndran
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