University and discipline cluster ranking systems and the humanities, arts and social sciences

Cunningham, Stuart D. (2008) University and discipline cluster ranking systems and the humanities, arts and social sciences. Higher Education in Europe, 33(2), pp. 245-258.

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This paper addresses one of the weaknesses of many rankings – the exclusion of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) from university and discipline cluster ranking systems and examines some ways in which this situation can be corrected. In particular, it traces the development of indicators such as ‘target expanded’ citation analysis and tiering or ranking of outlets, including books and conferences as well as journals. It draws on experience in Australia, especially with the attempt to construct consensually derived tiered outlets for numerous disciplines including those in HASS in the context of the introduction of a new Research Quality Framework along the lines of similar exercises in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.

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ID Code: 18132
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Higher education policy, University ranking, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/03797720802254056
ISSN: 0379-7724
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2009 00:37
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:57

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