The Problem of Evidence in SSH Research Evaluation

Authors

  • Lai Ma University College Dublin

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7220/2335-8769.73.3

Keywords:

Evidence, Bibliometrics, Societal impacts, SSH research evaluation, Epistemology of research

Abstract

In this paper, I explore questions concerning evidence in SSH research evaluation by examining the different kinds of evidence and by explicating the epistemological assumptions of using non-intersubjective evaluation criteria in research evaluation. I argue that the over-emphasis on the wrong kinds of evidence may lead to erroneous assumptions about people and disciplines which in turn lead to undesirable changes in research practices and knowledge production. I  also argue that some issues in SSH research evaluation are rooted in epistemological assumptions that have led to the use of methodologies deprived of intersubjective understanding and judgements.

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Published

2020-08-26

How to Cite

Ma, L. (2020). The Problem of Evidence in SSH Research Evaluation. Deeds and Days, (73), 53–63. https://doi.org/10.7220/2335-8769.73.3

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