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Performance-Based Scholarly Reward Systems: A Panacea and/or A Curse?

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Many countries or institutions have scholarly reward systems in place to allocate scarce resources and to make tenure and promotion decisions on the basis of the performance of individual researchers, research units or universities. Performance metrics used for ranking are usually based on bibliometric ...

Many countries or institutions have scholarly reward systems in place to allocate scarce resources and to make tenure and promotion decisions on the basis of the performance of individual researchers, research units or universities. Performance metrics used for ranking are usually based on bibliometric measures rather than peer review. Some studies in the literature report on the pros and cons of using performance-based scholarly reward systems, yet, it is not totally clear if scholarly reward systems are a panacea to increase scholarly productivity and its scientific, economic and societal impact, or a curse that tends to produce unintended consequences affecting the overall quality of the science (or both!).

Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics aims to shed some light on these issues and invites all stakeholders (researchers, policy-makers, managers of research information systems, among others) to contribute to the Article Collection entitled "Performance-Based Scholarly Reward Systems: A Panacea and/or A Curse?". Research papers based on theoretical and empirical work are all welcome. Other types of contributions such as research in progress and short communications will also be considered.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Reward systems of science
- Models of scholarly reward systems
- Theories of scholarly impact assessment
- Scholarly impact assessment (in Science, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities)
- Tools of scholarly impact assessment and evaluation
- Assessment of the scholarly, economic, and social impact of research
- Policies of scholarly research assessment (topical, institutional, national policies)
- Performance-based scholarly reward systems
- Performance-based research funding systems (PRFS)
- Relationship between PRFS and scholarly productivity and impact
- Pros and cons of PRFS (gaming, deviant behavior, citation cartels, self-citation, text recycling, plagiarism, predatory journals and conferences, etc.)
- Scholarly performance metrics and indicators (discipline-, journal-, author-, paper-, organizational-, regional-, national-, international-level performance indicators)
- Research metrics, research quality and research management
- Relationship between scholarly prestige and reputation, and scholarly impact assessment
- Responsible use of research metrics
- Open Science and scholarly reward systems
- Open Science infrastructure and scholarly impact assessment
- Research assessment and public support of science
- Innovation policies and scholarly reward systems


Keywords: performance, reward, promotion, research, metrics, scholarly productivity, quality of science, reward systems, scholarly reward systems, funding, bibliometrics


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