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Reputation Mechanisms

JRC SCIENCE AND POLICY REPORT Emerging Reputation Mechanisms for Scholars

Terms such as “Science 2.0”, “Digital science” and “Open science” encompass trends such as open access to scientific knowledge, citizen science and open peer evaluation systems: new formats for conducting, publishing and disseminating science and research. Started as grass-root initiatives, they have become embedded in the practice of scientific research, and could change how science and research systems function in the future. Thus conventional indicators may fall short in reflecting reputation and impact in the field of science.

David Nicholas, Eti Herman, Hamid R. Jamali Emerging reputation mechanisms for scholars European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (Report EUR 27174 EN) 2015 [doi:10.2791/891948] forms a part of the JRC-IPTS commissioned study "Analysis of emerging reputation mechanisms for scholars" focused on challenges to conventional ways of establishing and measuring scholarly reputation. It lays the conceptual framework for the analysis of the data gathered in the subsequent empirical, case-study phases of the investigation and presents:

  • A comprehensive literature review and audit of scholarly activities in the digital age and associated reputational mechanisms.
  • A state of the art mapping and evaluation of online platforms that offer ‘new’ reputational mechanisms for scholars.

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