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New Research Assessment Exercise Performed at the University of Turku in 2021–2022


The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is progressing on schedule. An agreement for conducting a bibliometric analysis has been signed by CWTS Leiden and the University of Turku.

The University of Turku performed the previous RAE project in 2015. Now, a new RAE project will take place during 2021–2022.

The units under evaluation are faculty departments, several independent units, University of Turku Graduate School, and two multidisciplinary research collegia. The evaluation period covers research activities during 2014–2019 and includes self-evaluations by the units, international peer evaluations, and bibliometric analyses.

The main aim of the RAE project is to create a productive development process in units and to provide new results for the strategic development of the University both to the units under evaluation and the University management.

– When combined with the previous RAE project, we will receive valuable information about the current level and progress of research at our University. The peer evaluation also looks ahead and gives us an external opinion about our development needs and possibilities, says Vice Rector responsible for research Kalle-Antti Suominen.

The agreement for a bibliometric analysis of units has been signed between the University of Turku and CWTS Leiden. The publication output, citation impact and collaboration will be assessed for those units with a sufficient coverage in Web of Science. The Web of Science subject categories will be utilised in the analysis. There will also be several additional analyses, such as performance in the context of open access publishing.

In addition to the bibliometric analysis of CWTS Leiden, Turku University Library will perform an additional bibliometric analysis for those units that do not have sufficient coverage in the Web of Science. The Library’s quantitative analyses will include, for example, publication types and open access publishing.

More information:

Pirkko Mäenpää
Research Specialist, Adjunct Professor, +358 41 432 1858

Created 07.04.2021 | Updated 07.04.2021