March 21, 2013—At a recent lecture discussing research assessment and impact, Cameron Neylon, advocacy director for the Public Library of Science (PLOS), focused on how online tools can revolutionize scientific practice and open access to its results, broadening participation in the scientific process across diverse audiences. But from the outset, Neylon stressed that he had no answers, only questions.
“As scholars, as an institution, as a community, why do you value research, and what do you value it for?” he asked his audience. “The unfortunate truth is that in many cases, it turns out that most of the things we care about are very difficult to measure. So we measure a small set of things, and then by default, the things that we measure become the...read more