Rich get richer aber niemand gewinnt, mein Nick Cohen im Guardian

The government admits this can’t go on. It plans to replace the judging panels with a computer, which will record the number of times an academic’s name is mentioned by his colleagues. The theory is that the best academics receive the greatest number of acknowledgements in footnotes. Let a database identify who these oft-cited professors are and – bingo! – you have found the finest minds of your generation.

Im Guardian vom 08. Juni wirft Nick Cohen einen Blick auf die britische Evaluationspraxis und erklärt die Schwächen der reinen Zitationsauswertung als Grundlage für die Bewertung wissenschaftlicher Güte und dazu auch noch den Matthäuseffekt, der nicht nur in der Szientometrie von Belang ist:

The Matthew effect does not only work in academia. Of the thousands of first novels each year, the few that are reviewed make the literary pages because the author is already well known in another field (prestige), the author is a friend of the literary editor (cheating) or the author’s book was picked at random from a pile on a slow week (luck).

No one wins in modern-day academia

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