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|Normalization of research evaluation results across academic disciplines|
|Kenna R., Berche B.|
|Research Evaluation 20 (2011) 107-116|
|DOI : 10.3152/095820211X12941371876625|
|ArXiv : arxiv:1006.3863 [PDF]|
A conspicuous flaw in evaluation programmes such as the UK's Research Assessment Exercise is the absence of a method to compare research quality across academic disciplines. Here a systematic method is proposed to remedy this situation by normalizing across research boundaries. The approach is based upon a recently established relationship between research quality and group size which facilitates determination of discipline-dependent critical masses. For group size above the upper critical mass, this dependency of quality on quantity reduces and plateaus appear when the critical masses are large. A sensible normalization procedure is then to pitch these plateaus at similar levels. We examine the consequence of this procedure at RAE for a multitude of academic disciplines, corresponding to a range of critical masses.