Title: The Adjusted Research Excellence Index 2018: Methodology Report
Authors: VERTESY DANIEL
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC114345
ISBN: 978-92-79-98383-2 (online)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 29567 EN
OP KJ-NA-29567-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC114345
DOI: 10.2760/126300
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The Adjusted Research Excellence Index is a composite indicator selected by the European Research Area Council (ERAC) as the headline measure to monitor country performance with respect to ERA Roadmap Priority 1, ‘Effective national research systems’ (European Commission, 2017). It combines four dimensions that characterize effective research systems, in terms of scientific and technological research excellence (the “production” of high-impact publications and valued patents), and the ability of institutes to attract outstanding research grants and participate in researcher exchanges to pave the way for future excellence and develop efficient research capacity. This report describes the methodology used to compute the latest scores for 43 countries (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and the EU28 for 4 time points: 2016, 2013, 2011 and 2010. The results show that Switzerland excels in having the most effective national research system, followed by Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Most of the countries show a welcome growth of the composite score over the last period, however it is important to keep in mind that growth is, to a large extent, driven by the overall increase in the value of ERC grants. Country ranks were found to be rather robust, with uncertainty in the modelling choices having only limited impact (3-4 rank positions shifts) on the ranks of the majority of the countries.
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