Title: Composite Indicators of Research Excellence
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC72592
ISBN: 978-92-79-26260-9
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 25488 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC72592
DOI: 10.2788/45492
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This report on Research Excellence is the deliverable of the third work package (WP3) of the feasibility study ‘ERA MONITORING’, financed by DG RTD. The objective of the work package was to explore the possibility to develop a composite indicator of research excellence in Europe, in coherence with the orientations of the EU 2020 strategy and the Innovation Union initiative. The study built on the theoretical framework proposed by the 2011 report of the Expert Group on the Measurement of Innovation ‘Indicators of Research Excellence’, co- authored by Rémi Barré (CNAM, France), Hugo Hollanders (UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands) and Ammon Salter (Imperial College, UK). We proposed three alternative conceptual frameworks of research excellence with different underlying indicator structures, and tested their statistical coherence. In the first theoretical framework, we aimed to follow as closely as possible the Expert Group recommendation of 6 dimensions. In the second framework, we tried to consider only two dimensions (basic and applied science), also based on the Expert Group report. The third framework was derived from the data and three dimensions were identified directly from a principal component analysis.
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