Dr Gemma DerrickLecturer in Higher Education
Research evaluation, Evaluation societies, Peer review processes, Societal impact (“Impact”), International and national research assessment frameworks, UK Research Excellence Frameworks, Higher Education policies, Research and innovation policies, Responsible research and innovation, Bibliometrics, Scientometrics, Altmetrics, Research governance, Evidence-based and evidence-informed policymaking, Health policy making, Research Utilisation, Public engagement, Mixed methodology, Qualitative research, Research networks, Social network analysis, Research visualisation, Text visualisation and Science communication.
Gemma’s research interests involve methods of research evaluation including academic notions of scientific and societal excellence in research and how these are measured.
More specifically, she is interested in research evaluation processes, frameworks and policy which includes expertise in national research audit exercises, such as the UK Research Excellence Frameworks; university rankings; wider returns from research; societal impact; bibliometrics; peer review; and the translation of research knowledge into evidence informed policymaking. She has a particular expertise in the health and medical research fields.
She employs a mixed-methods approach to her research which includes the combination of interviews, observation studies, bibliometrics, econometrics and/or social network analysis. She has an ongoing commitment and interest in translating her knowledge of these issues to other scientific disciplines and the development of relevant innovation policies.
Currently, Gemma is an ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow and is working on a project focusing on the evaluation processes surrounding the peer review of the “societal impact” of health and medical research. Her primary research focus is modelled on the UK REF2014 impact evaluation process. As the first evaluation framework to include a formal (20%) criterion for the evaluation of the societal “impact” of research, this represents the first empirical investigation of the evaluation of societal impact as a notion of research excellence. The large scale, mixed methods investigation employs a series of in depth, semi structured interviews with the REF2014 evaluators, bibliometric and network analysis and text analysis of EU and UK research policies via VOSviewer.
Derrick GE. 2015-2016. “Establishing an international network of researchers for qualitative and mixed methodological approaches in research policy and evaluation” British Academic Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA). £14,630
Derrick GE. 2013-2016. “Understanding the “impact” of health and medical research: Insights from the REF2014. UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Future Research Leaders Grant. £240,003
PhD Supervision Interests
I am interested in receiving proposals in areas that relate to evaluation of research or higher education systems. I am particularly interested in projects that involve bibliometrics, scientometrics, politics of bibliometrics and research evaluation, unconscious bias in evacuation systems, national research performance audit systems, altmetrics, dynamics of research, research innovation and evaluation policies, peer review, societal impact (impact) and its assessment, as well as evidence informed policymaking for health and research policy. I am interested in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, especially those that combine insights from both. In addition, I am interested in new methodological approaches that combine text, citation, co-citation, social media and collaboration visualisations, with sophisticated qualitative approaches.
The evaluation scale: exploring decisions about societal impact in peer review panels
Derrick, G.E., Samuel, G.N. 1/03/2016 In: Minerva. 54, 1, p. 75-97. 23 p.
Comparing research investment to United Kingdom institutions and published outputs for tuberculosis, HIV and malaria: a systematic analysis across 1997-2013
Head, M.G., Fitchett, J.R., Derrick, G., Wurie, F.B., Meldrum, J., Kumari, N., Beattie, B., Counts, C.J., Atun, R. 4/11/2015 In: Health Research Policy and Systems. 13, 1, 7 p.
Societal impact evaluation: exploring evaluator perceptions of the characterization of impact under the REF2014
Samuel, G.N., Derrick, G.E. 07/2015 In: Research Evaluation. 24, 3, p. 229-241. 13 p.
Integration versus separation: structure and strategies of the technology transfer office (TTO) in medical research organizations
Derrick, G.E. 02/2015 In: The Journal of Technology Transfer. 40, 1, p. 105-122. 18 p.
Measuring the scientific impact of e-research infrastructures: a citation based approach?
Jonkers, K., Derrick, G.E., Lopez-Illescas, C., Van den Besselaar, P. 11/2014 In: Scientometrics. 101, 2, p. 1179-1194. 16 p.
Reaching "an audience that you would never dream of speaking to": influential public health researchers' views on the role of news media in influencing policy and public understanding
Chapman, S., Haynes, A., Derrick, G., Sturk, H., Hall, W.D., St George, A. 1/02/2014 In: Journal of Health Communication. 19, 2, p. 260-273. 14 p.
Democratising research evaluation: achieving greater public engagement with bibliometrics-informed peer review
Derrick, G.E., Pavone, V. 10/2013 In: Science and Public Policy. 40, 5, p. 563-575. 13 p.
The role of research incentives in medical research organisations
Derrick, G.E., Bryant, C. 01/2013 In: R and D Management. 43, 1, p. 75-86. 12 p.
A bibliometric analysis of research on Indigenous health in Australia, 1972-2008
Derrick, G.E., Hayen, A., Chapman, S., Haynes, A.S., Webster, B.M., Anderson, I. 06/2012 In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 36, 3, p. 269-273. 5 p.
The bibliometric bandwagon: characteristics of bibliometric articles outside the field literature. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (vol 63, pg 829, 2012)
Jonkers, K., Derrick, G.E. 06/2012 In: Journal of The American Society for Information Science and Technology. 63, 6, p. 1280-1280. 1 p.
The bibliometric bandwagon: characteristics of bibliometric articles outside the field literature
Jonkers, K., Derrick, G.E. 04/2012 In: Journal of The American Society for Information Science and Technology. 63, 4, p. 829-836. 8 p.
Identifying trustworthy experts: how do policymakers find and assess public health researchers worth consulting or collaborating with?
Haynes, A.S., Derrick, G.E., Redman, S., Hall, W.D., Gillespie, J.A., Chapman, S., Sturk, H. 5/03/2012 In: PLoS ONE. 7, 3, 8 p.
Galvanizers, guides, champions, and shields: the many ways that policymakers use public health researchers
Haynes, A.S., Gillespie, J.A., Derrick, G.E., Hall, W.D., Redman, S., Chapman, S., Sturk, H. 22/12/2011 In: Milbank Quarterly. 89, 4, p. 564-598. 35 p.
Democratising assessment of researchers' track records: a simple proposal
Chapman, S., Derrick, G.E., Haynes, A.S., Hall, W.D. 1/08/2011 In: Medical journal of australia. 195, 3, 2 p.
The association between four citation metrics and peer rankings of research influence of Australian researchers in six fields of public health
Elizabeth Derrick, G., Haynes, A., Chapman, S., Hall, W.D. 6/04/2011 In: PLoS ONE. 6, 4, 6 p.
From "our world" to the "real world": exploring the views and behaviour of policy-influential Australian public health researchers
Haynes, A.S., Derrick, G.E., Chapman, S., Redman, S., Hall, W.D., Gillespie, J., Sturk, H. 04/2011 In: Social Science and Medicine. 72, 7, p. 1047-1055. 9 p.
A cautionary bibliometric tale of two cities
Derrick, G.E., Sturk, H., Haynes, A.S., Chapman, S., Hall, W.D. 08/2010 In: Scientometrics. 84, 2, p. 317-320. 4 p.
Social media approaches to health research: an empirical analysis of decision-making within the ethical landscape
04/07/2016 → 30/09/2018
Understanding the "impact" of health research: Lessons from The REF2014
04/01/2016 → 16/12/2016