The Third Research Evaluation in the SSH Conference

Valencia, 19 · 20 September 2019


The development of research evaluation protocols and performance-based funding systems is rooted in policy decisions aiming to improve research and the research system as a whole. However, the implementation of such policies has attracted a great deal of criticism, especially from the SSH.

The purpose of the RESSH conference is to explore whether evaluation can be useful to SSH researchers,
whether it seeks to improve the quality and relevance of research or whether it is simply a management tool for the allocation of funds or imposition of policy.


Potential topics under study include but are not limited to:

Specificities of SSH research and SSH research evaluation

  • Notions and perceptions of quality
  • Diversity
  • Relation between knowledge production and assessment
  • The international dimension in SSH research
  • SSH and local knowledge

Aspects of SSH research evaluation

  • Societal relevance
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Internationalisation
  • Peer review
  • Open access
  • Effects of evaluation and performance-based funding on SSH research and researchers

Approaches to SSH research evaluation

  • Scholarly books and their evaluation context
  • Data sources for SSH evaluation
  • Responsible use of metrics
  • Alternative metrics

In each case, authors are expected to explicitly link the topic to evaluation of SSH research. Case studies of specific fields are welcome.

Important Dates

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December 15 ·2018

Announcement conference dates

January 15 · 2019

Call for paper


June 26 · 2019

Acceptance Confirmation

June 20 · 2019

Registration Opens

July 25, 2019

Early Bird Registration Closes

September 8, 2019

Standard Registration Closes

September 19 · 2019

Conference Opens


València is located on the east coast of Spain,
east of Madrid and south of Barcelona. It is directly connected to the main capitals of Europe by plane. Participants arriving at Alicante, Madrid or Barcelona’s airports can reach València by train or bus in 3-4 hours.


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