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Measuring up

Dutch funders have committed to introducing broader methods of research assessment. Erik te Roller asks Sarah de Rijcke and Ludo Waltman, of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, about different ways of measuring scientific success.

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies in Leiden has developed various methods for assessing scientists, departments and whole universities. It plays a crucial role in helping policymakers to take strategic decisions and develop the future of Dutch science.

The CWTS makes use of both qualitative and quantitative tools for its assessment. However, quantitative data, including bibliometric instruments, have come under increasing criticism for failing to capture the true impact of science. CWTS director Sarah de Rijcke and deputy director Ludo Waltman are aware of such disapproval but do not see it as a threat to their work in developing more advanced indicators.

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