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Metrics-based assessments of research: Incentives for 'institutional plagiarism'?

Berry, Colin 2013. Metrics-based assessments of research: Incentives for 'institutional plagiarism'? Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (2) , pp. 337-340. 10.1007/s11948-012-9352-0

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Abstract

The issue of plagiarism—claiming credit for work that is not one’s own, rightly, continues to cause concern in the academic community. An analysis is presented that shows the effects that may arise from metrics-based assessments of research, when credit for an author’s outputs (chiefly publications) is given to an institution that did not support the research but which subsequently employs the author. The incentives for what is termed here “institutional plagiarism” are demonstrated with reference to the UK Research Assessment Exercise in which submitting units of assessment are shown in some instances to derive around twice the credit for papers produced elsewhere by new recruits, compared to papers produced ‘in-house’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research assessment exercise; Research excellence framework; Plagiarism; Metrics-based assessment
Additional Information: Online first article
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1353-3452
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:04
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/32066

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