The Critical Assessment of Research: Traditional and New Methods of Evaluation (Chandos Information Professional Series)


The Critical Assessment of Research: Traditional and New Methods of Evaluation (Chandos Information Professional Series) Author Alan Bailin
ISBN-10 1843345439
ISBN-13 9781843345435
Year 2010-02-26
Pages 132
Language English
Publisher Chandos Publishing
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This book examines the following factors sponsorship of research control of the dissemination of research effects of dominant research paradigms financial interests of authors publishers and editors role of new technologies for example Web 2 0 It is widely accepted among researchers and educators that the peer review process the reputation of the publisher and examination of the author s credentials are the gold standards for assessing the quality of research and information However the traditional gold standards are not sufficient and the effective evaluation of information requires the consideration of additional factors Controversies about positive evaluations of new medications that appear in peer reviewed journals the financial reports on Enron prior to the revelations that led to its collapse and obstacles to the publication of research that does not conform to dominant paradigms are just a few examples that indicate the need for a more sophisticated and nuanced approach to evaluating information Each of the factors is discussed in a factual manner supported by many examples that illustrate not only the nature of the issues but also their complexity Practical suggestions for the evaluation of information are an integral part of the text Highlights frequently overlooked criteria for evaluating researchChallenges the assumption that the gold standards for evaluation are sufficientExamines the role of new technologies in evaluating and disseminating research

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