The Impact of Journal Ranking Fetishism on Australian Policy-related Research: A Case Study

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Title The Impact of Journal Ranking Fetishism on Australian Policy-related Research: A Case Study
Author Young, Suzanne; Peetz, David Robert; Marais, Magalie
Journal Name Australian Universities' Review
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher National Tertiary Education Union
Abstract In Australia, the Excellence in Research (ERA) exercise, first conducted in 2008 and continuing relatively unchanged in 2012, determines the level of research funding made available to Australian universities (Cooper and Poletti 2011). However the use of rankings is argued to be problematic. Through a survey of academics in a field of policy-relevant research – employment and industrial relations – this paper analyses the impact on their discipline and working environments of the journal rankings ERA processes. Overall, we can conclude that the ERA journal ranking system is strongly and negatively affecting the field and could lead to the diminution of the number of Australian journals and researchers, and the amount of Australian research, in this field. Such consequences would likely be harmful for social progress in Australia.
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Publisher URI http://www.aur.org.au/current
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2011. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this journal please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
Volume 53
Issue Number 2
Page from 77
Page to 87
ISSN 0818-8068
Date Accessioned 2012-01-25; 2012-02-08T00:52:53Z
Date Available 2012-02-08T00:52:53Z
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Education Policy; Industrial Relations; Research, Science and Technology Policy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42398
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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