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Institution Profile: University of Southampton

LocationUnited Kingdom
Type of InstitutionComprehensive University or equivalent
Academic DisciplinesDiscipline non-specified

• The University of Southampton devised a responsible research metrics statement to inform the assessment of candidates for hiring, promotions and appraisals.
• Assessors are required to review the principles and demonstrate that metrics used for assessment are more suitable than expert judgement alone, as well as provide links to any source data to enable transparency.
• Assessors are recommended to ignore any reference an applicant makes to journal impact factors or journal rankings when assessing the quality of a piece of research.
• Although applicants are not penalized for including journal-based metrics – they are instructed to qualify qualitatively why their research is important.
• The University website provides resources, including links to further readings on responsible use of bibliometrics and altmetrics, worked examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practices in research applications, and a research metrics matrix to inform candidates on whether to include various indicators in their applications. Staff are also provided training opportunities to enrol in.

Related Resources

Bibliometrics: An Introduction 1

This is a fact sheet from the library staff of the University of Southampton that outlines best practices for choosing and use of different bibliometrics.
University of Southampton
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Topics:
Responsible Metrics
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Critical Review of Application Examples

This is a series of example applications from the University of Southampton that demonstrates the most and least ideal approaches to preparing an application for promotion (e.g., lack of context for achievements, using citation counts or journal impact factors as proxy measures of quality, etc.) This resource was prepared by the library staff.
University of Southampton
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Topics:
Responsible Metrics
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Responsible Research Metrics Policy 1

This is a detailed policy on the appropriate and inappropriate use of metrics for research assessment from the University of Southampton. This resource was prepared by the library staff.
University of Southampton
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Topics:
Responsible Metrics
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Responsible Metrics Policy Summary 1

This is the quick-reference summary of the responsible metrics policy from the University of Southampton that outlines the expectations of the responsible use of research metrics by faculty and staff. This resource was prepared by the library staff.
University of Southampton
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Topics:
Responsible Metrics
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Bibliometrics: Assessing Research

This is a library webpage that highlights the key principles that research assessors should use for using metrics responsibly from the University of Southampton. Principles include transparency, equality, and reproducibility.
University of Southampton
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Topics:
Responsible Metrics
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