RESSH 2017

By 18 November 2016


Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities: the conference


Call for papers
RESSH 2017 –¬ Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Call for papers

University of Antwerp, Campus Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium
6–7 July 2017

The EvalHum Initiative ( is pleased to open the call for papers for its second international conference on Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (RESSH), to be held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, on the 6th and 7th of July 2017.
This conference is supported by COST Action CA15137 “European Network for Research Evaluation in the SSH (ENRESSH)” and follows the highly successful first conference that was held in Rennes, France, in June 2015. The aim of this event is to bring together a wide range of researchers and stakeholders interested in questions of research evaluation and the societal impact of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH).
Keynote speakers will be announced soon.
Conference themes
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.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
– Evaluation of societal relevance of SSH research
– Notions of quality in SSH research
– Diversity in SSH research and its relation to assessment
– Bibliometric indicators for the SSH
– Alternative metrics of SSH research impact
– Data sources on SSH research output
– Evaluation practices in SSH
– Role of evaluation in knowledge production processes
– Effects of evaluation and performance-based funding on SSH research and researchers
– Peer review in the SSH
– Open Access for SSH and its potential for assessment of research
– The international dimension in SSH research
– Characteristics of dissemination channels
In each case, authors are expected to explicitly link the topic to evaluation of SSH research. Case studies of specific fields are welcome.
Conference Organisers
EvalHum ( is an open initiative, aiming at promoting the study of SSH research and increasing its visibility among scholars of other fields and disciplines, the lay public and stakeholders and decision makers. Evaluation appears as an interesting tool to achieve this.
EvalHum seeks to break both locked-in and locked-out syndromes affecting the SSH, through bringing together all actors, with an emphasis on research evaluators, but also on the shop floor of the SSH researchers.
Scientific committee
– Raf GUNS
– Michael OCHSNER
– Linda SILE
– Geoffrey WILLIAMS
– Alesia ZUCCALA
Submission types
There are three types of contributions to the conference. For each type, an abstract should be submitted via the online system.
1. Paper presentations allow for 20 minutes of presentation, followed by 10 minutes of discussions. For paper presentations, an extended abstract of maximum 1200 words should be submitted.
2. Roundtables gather 4 to 6 panellists, for maximum 45 minutes of presentations, followed by minimum 45 minutes of discussion with the attendees. Extended abstract contains maximum 1200 words and should describe the format of the roundtable, its contents, and the anticipated participants.
3. Poster presentations will be held during one or more dedicated poster sessions. Poster abstracts contain maximum 400 words.
Deadline for submission is 13 February 2017. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 14 April 2017.
Raf Guns
Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM)
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Antwerp
Campus Middelheim
Middelheimlaan 1
2020 Antwerp, Belgium
+32 3 265 45 10