Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Michael Ochsner, Sven E. Hug, Hans-Dieter Daniel
    Pages 1-10 Open Access
  3. Setting Sail into Stormy Waters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Wiljan van den Akker
      Pages 23-29 Open Access
    3. Michèle Lamont, Joshua Guetzkow
      Pages 31-41 Open Access
    4. Michael Ochsner, Sven E. Hug, Hans-Dieter Daniel
      Pages 43-69 Open Access
  4. The Current State of Quality-Based Publication Rankings and Publication Databases

  5. Bibliometrics in the Humanities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Björn Hammarfelt
      Pages 115-131 Open Access
  6. Evaluation of Research in the Humanities in Practice

  7. The ‘Forschungsrating’ of the German Council of Science and Humanities. Risks and Opportunities for the Humanities: The Case of the Anglistik/Amerikanistik Pilot Study

About this book


This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

This book analyses and discusses the recent developments for assessing research quality in the humanities and related fields in the social sciences. Research assessments in the humanities are highly controversial and the evaluation of humanities research is delicate. While citation-based research performance indicators are widely used in the natural and life sciences, quantitative measures for research performance meet strong opposition in the humanities. This volume combines the presentation of state-of-the-art projects on research assessments in the humanities by humanities scholars themselves with a description of the evaluation of humanities research in practice presented by research funders. Bibliometric issues concerning humanities research complete the exhaustive analysis of humanities research assessment. The selection of authors is well-balanced between humanities scholars, research funders, and researchers on higher education. Hence, the edited volume succeeds in painting a comprehensive picture of research evaluation in the humanities. This book is valuable to university and science policy makers, university administrators, research evaluators, bibliometricians as well as humanities scholars who seek expert knowledge in research evaluation in the humanities.


ESF Scoping Project assessment of humanities research bibliometric issues concerning humanities research bibliometrics in the humanities evaluating research evaluation of humanities research humanities in practice humanities research humanities research assessment procedures for evaluating research publication databases publication-based funding research assessments research performance indicators research quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Ochsner
    • 1
  • Sven E. Hug
    • 2
  • Hans-Dieter Daniel
    • 3
  1. 1.Social Psychology and Research Edu.Univ of Zurich, D-GESS, ETH & Ev. OZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Social Psychology and Research Edu.University of Zurich, D-GESS, ETH &ZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.D-GESSETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-29014-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-29016-4
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