Peer review and the relevance gap: ten suggestions for policy-makers

Nightingale, Paul and Scott, Alister (2007) Peer review and the relevance gap: ten suggestions for policy-makers. Science and Public Policy, 34 (8). pp. 543-553. ISSN 0302-3427

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Abstract

Long-term changes in knowledge production can produce mismatches between the research that society requires and the research that society produces — what we term `relevance gaps'. This paper explores what can be done to close them. The paper argues that current structures for governing research are often inappropriate, damage the reputation and value system of the academy, and produce a widespread perception that much research is irrelevant. New ways are needed to address how disciplinary value judgements and the structure of peer review influence the direction of academic research. Alternatives to current peer-review practices and guidelines for funding agencies are proposed

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Alister Hamilton Scott
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2013 15:51
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2013 15:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28681
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