The Evaluation of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities

Lessons from the Italian Experience

  • Andrea¬†Bonaccorsi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Research Quality Criteria in SSH

  3. The Role of Books and Monographs in SSH Research and Their Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Geoffrey Williams, Antonella Basso, Ioana Galleron, Tiziana Lippiello
      Pages 133-158
    3. Carla Basili, Luca Lanzillo
      Pages 159-184
    4. Maria Teresa Biagetti, Antonella Iacono, Antonella Trombone
      Pages 185-209
    5. Ginevra Peruginelli, Sebastiano Faro, Tommaso Agnoloni
      Pages 211-230
  4. Journal Classification and Rating

  5. Exploring New Indicators for the Multilevel Assessment of Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Alfio Ferrara, Stefano Montanelli, Stefano Verzillo
      Pages 271-293
    3. Ferruccio Biolcati-Rinaldi, Francesco Molteni, Silvia Salini
      Pages 295-319
    4. Maria Teresa Biagetti, Antonella Iacono, Antonella Trombone
      Pages 321-343
    5. Brigida Blasi, Sandra Romagnosi, Andrea Bonaccorsi
      Pages 361-392
  6. What Do We Learn from the Italian Experience?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 393-393
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 413-416

About this book


This book examines very important issues in research evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities. It is based on recent experiences carried out in Italy (2011-2015) in the fields of research assessment, peer review, journal classification, and construction of indicators, and presents a systematic review of theoretical issues influencing the evaluation of Social Sciences and Humanities. Several chapters analyse original data made available through research assessment exercises. Other chapters are the result of dedicated and independent research carried out in 2014-2015 aimed at addressing some of the debated and open issues, for example in the evaluation of books, the use of Library Catalog Analysis or Google Scholar, the definition of research quality criteria on internationalization, as well as opening the way to innovative indicators. The book is therefore a timely and important contribution to the international debate. 


Research in Social Science and Humanities Epistemic Theory of Evaluation in Social Sciences and Humanities Peer review in Social Sciences and Humanties Guideline Managing Peer Review Examining Data on Individual Research Products Research Quality Criteria Evaluation of Books in Social Sciences and Humanities Reliability and Quality of Online Library Catalogs Linked Data Technology in Catalog Data Evaluation Process and Books Role of Books in Research Practices of Humanities Role of Legal Monographs in France, UK and the Netherlands Role of Legal Monographs of Scholars of Italian Universities Validity and Robustness of Journal Rating Strategies for Journal Publication in SSH Scientific Societies and Journal Rating Potential of Indicators and Google Scholar Social Sciences and Humanities in Italy The Impact of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrea¬†Bonaccorsi
    • 1
  1. 1.DESTECUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-68553-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-68554-0
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