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Research Quality Plus: Another way is possible

Lebel, Jean; McLean, Robert


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{
  "publisher": "African Minds", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.3603873", 
  "ISBN": "978-1-928502-06-7", 
  "container_title": "Transforming Research Excellence: New Ideas from the Global South", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "Research Quality Plus: Another way is possible", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2020, 
        1, 
        10
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>This article introduces a different approach to research quality governance. We argue the Research Quality Plus, or RQ+, approach holds practical value for defining, managing, and evaluating quality. For those who wish to move from quality improvement to the comparison and ranking implied by excellence RQ+ may offer a starting point. We note this was not our initial intent. RQ+ was co-developed by the International Development Research Centre with colleagues from across our research community in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. RQ+ builds on the deliberative approach of peer-review and the analytics of biblio- and altmetrics. RQ+ holds three tenets: (1) quality is value-based, (2) context matters, and (3) judgement should be empirical and systematic. We summarise a large-scale meta-analysis of research evaluations conducted using RQ+ to demonstrate initial validation of the approach. We conclude with a call to action for critique, trialing, experimentation, and co-development.&nbsp;</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Lebel, Jean"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "McLean, Robert"
    }
  ], 
  "note": "Published by African Minds.", 
  "publisher_place": "Cape Town", 
  "type": "chapter", 
  "id": "3603873"
}
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