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Evaluating Science and Scientists

Edited by Mark S. Frankel, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Jane Cave, freelance researcher

The shift to a market economy in post-Communist Eastern Europe has had a profound impact on science and scientists across the region, leading to reforms in research management practices and to drastic cuts in funding levels everywhere. Many countries are moving to a system of competitive research grants awarded on the basis of peer review. The introduction of peer review is not simply a technical matter. It signifies a fundamental change in the social structure of science, enhancing profession-al autonomy and giving working scientists a voice in the allocation of resources. This book combines first-hand accounts of the reform process with analyses of the strengths and weaknesses of both peer review and quantitative indicators.

236 pages
ISBN 978-1-85866-079-3 cloth $51.95/ 31.95