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Evaluating research: A multidisciplinary approach to assessing research practice and quality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
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2016 (English)In: Research Policy, ISSN 0048-7333, E-ISSN 1873-7625, Vol. 45, no 3, 593-603 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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There are few widely acknowledged quality standards for research practice, and few definitions of what constitutes good research. The overall aim was therefore to describe what constitutes research, and then to use this description to develop a model of research practice and to define concepts related to its quality. The primary objective was to explore such a model and to create a multidisciplinary understanding of the generic dimensions of the quality of research practice. Eight concept modelling working seminars were conducted. A graphic representation of concepts and their relationships was developed to bridge the gap between different disciplines. A concept model of research as a phenomenon was created, which included a total of 18 defined concepts and their relationships. In a second phase four main areas were distilled, describing research practice in a multidisciplinary context: Credible, Contributory, Communicable, and Conforming. Each of these was further specified in a concept hierarchy together with a defined terminology. A comprehensive quality model including 32 concepts, based on the four main areas, was developed for describing quality issues of research practice, where the model of research as a phenomenon was used to define the quality concepts. The quality model may be used for further development of elements, weights and operationalizations related to the quality of research practice in different academic fields. (C) 2015 The Authors. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (

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2016. Vol. 45, no 3, 593-603 p.
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Research practice, Research quality, Research evaluation, Multidisciplinary, Concept model, Rigour, Relevance
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Economics and Business Social and Economic Geography Information Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129071DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2015.11.009ISI: 000370101900002OAI: diva2:919566
Available from: 2016-04-14 Created: 2016-04-14 Last updated: 2016-04-14Bibliographically approved

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