The impact blog

Maximizing the impact of academic research
  1. Four principles for practising and evaluating co-production – a view from sustainability research.

    The co-production paradigm has become commonplace across many disciplines as a means of orchestrating the production of useful knowledge aligned to different social needs. Drawing on the expertise of 36 co-production practitioners in the field of sustainability research, Dr Albert Norström, Dr Chris Cvitanovic, Dr Marie F. Löf, Dr Simon West and Dr Carina Wyborn, present a new working definition of […]
  2. Beyond Randomised Controlled Trials – expanding the horizon for experimental research techniques in the social sciences

    Experimental research methods have become mainstream across many disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences. Highlighting, the application of new experimental methods that employ innovations in digital technology, machine learning and theory, Jonathan Breckon and Alex Sutherland argue that social scientists should be encouraged to add a wider variety of experimental techniques to their methodological repertoire. The so-called “Randomistas” were […]
  3. CRediT Check – Should we welcome tools to differentiate the contributions made to academic papers?

    Elsevier is the latest in a lengthening list of publishers to announce their adoption for 1,200 journals of the CASRAI Contributor Role Taxonomy (CRediT). Authors of papers in these journals will be required to define their contributions in relation to a predefined taxonomy of 14 roles. In this post, Elizabeth Gadd weighs the pros and cons of defining contributorship in […]
  4. Book Review: Competitive Accountability in Academic Life: The Struggle for Social Impact and Public Legitimacy by Richard Watermeyer

    In Competitive Accountability in Academic Life: The Struggle for Social Impact and Public Legitimacy, Richard Watermeyer critically explores the increasing quantification of academic life and the rise of the marketised competitive university. This book particularly succeeds in not only exploring the futility and counterproductiveness of quantified academic performance metrics, but also revealing how complicity among some academics allows these practices to become even […]
  5. Not yet the default setting – in 2020 open research remains a work in progress.

    Responding to Daniel Hook’s post, The Open Tide – How openness in research and communication is becoming the default setting, Daniel Spichtinger argues that there remains much work to be done in order for open research practices to become the “new normal”. Highlighting unresolved issues around learned societies and the globalisation of open research policies, he suggests that rather than […]