Vol. 1 No. 1 (2010)
Articles

Social peer review and humanities

Maria Cassella
University of Turin

Published 2010-05-22

Keywords

  • Academic libraries,
  • Humanities,
  • Peer review,
  • Research assessment

How to Cite

Cassella, M. (2010). Social peer review and humanities. JLIS.It, 1(1), 111–132. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-30

Abstract

The article deals with the evaluation of papers published in specialized journal of the Humanities area. Assessment techniques, qualitative (ex-ante) and quantitative (ex-post), became a fundamental instrument of the academic research. This paper traces the evolution of the evaluation techniques, describing the different methods for peer-review (a very well known praxis for the exact sciences, while still not used much in humanities for historical, epistemological, and economic reasons). Some experimental forms of peer-review are due to the digital environment and to Web 2.0, and started to be used to set up a new assessment practice for humanities. This so called social peer-review is a more appropriate to humanities, and presents many experimental examples based both on qualitative and quantitative methods. Those methods represent a valid option in order to contribute to the academic and cultural debate, and to raise up the level of the research in Humanities.

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