Soc. Sci. 2013, 2(4), 284-297; doi:10.3390/socsci2040284
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Why an Unbiased External R&D Evaluation System is Important for the Progress of Social Sciences—the Case of a Small Social Science Community

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Received: 20 October 2013; in revised form: 11 November 2013 / Accepted: 29 November 2013 / Published: 3 December 2013
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Abstract: This article deals with the impact of external R&D evaluations as one of the institutional factors that can encourage (or discourage) the progress of the social sciences. A critical overview is presented of the increasing use of bibliometric indicators in the external R&D evaluation procedures employed by the Slovenian Research Agency, which is the leading research council for financing the public sector of social sciences in Slovenia. We attempt to establish that, in order to ensure a good external R&D evaluation practice for a small social science community, it is insufficient to only have reliable bibliometric meta-databases. It is argued that it is equally important to formulate very precise criteria to ascertain their validity.
Keywords: social sciences; external R&D evaluation; bibliometry; publication productivity; third-party funding; scientific impact
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Mali, F. Why an Unbiased External R&D Evaluation System is Important for the Progress of Social Sciences—the Case of a Small Social Science Community. Soc. Sci. 2013, 2, 284-297.

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Mali F. Why an Unbiased External R&D Evaluation System is Important for the Progress of Social Sciences—the Case of a Small Social Science Community. Social Sciences. 2013; 2(4):284-297.

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Mali, Franc. 2013. "Why an Unbiased External R&D Evaluation System is Important for the Progress of Social Sciences—the Case of a Small Social Science Community." Soc. Sci. 2, no. 4: 284-297.

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