ARC for less stress on track record

ARC for less stress on track record | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education Supplement | 16 September  2009

THE Australian Research Council wants to ditch its over-reliance on track record in the peer review process and instead take a broader view of a researcher’s capabilities in a bid to make teaching and early-career academics more competitive. In a consultation paper released this week for the first review of the system since it started in 2001, the ARC canvasses giving more weight to the views of specialist reviewers. It also proposes new incentives to counter the chronic shortage of reviewers, such as reporting reviewer performance to universities to boost promotion credentials.

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