Dr Gemma Derrick

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education


Gemma's research concentrates on science and innovation policy and its impacts. These include on the health system, the culture of academic, knowledge production and universities more broadly. She also conducts research into the evaluation of competing notions of research excellence in academia, including scientific impact, societal impact and interdisciplinary.

She specialises in evaluation systems in academia, in particular, peer review, research evaluation frameworks and university audit exercises. This includes the UK's Research Excellence Frameworks and similar conceptualisations in other countries within Europe, the US and Australia, especially for the health and medical research fields. She is also focused on the types of cultures the proliferation of these evaluation systems leave behind, how this influences how researchers work, and the types of knowledge produced.

Currently, Gemma is also involved in research investigating the role of gender and work-life balance in the productivity and reward systems of research; as well as the influence in bias within evaluation processes.

Her research employs a unique mixed-methods approach which includes the combination of interviews, observation studies, bibliometrics, econometrics and/or social network analysis. She is particularly interested in survival and event history analysis, and its application to research productivity of individual academics and research fields as well as to text-visualisation using VOSviewer.

Gemma is also a leading member of the COMbINE network (Complementary Methods in Evaluation Research) which is a network of leading international researchers in research evaluation who are committed to the promotion and adoption of alternative and mixed methodologies within the field. She is also a UK-representative for the Eu-COST Action ENRESSH (Evaluative Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities), as well as serving on the Steering Committee for the World Health Organisations Evidence Informed Policy Network (WHO EVIPNet) with special responsibilities for Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as Advocacy and Impact.

In addition, Gemma has also been the Section Editor for Health and Research Policy for the journal PLOSOne since 2011. She has been a past holder of the ESRC Future Research Leader Fellowship, as well as the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.

The Ethics Ecosystem: Personal Ethics, Network Governance and Regulating Actors Governing the Use of Social Media Research Data
Samuel, G., Derrick, G., van Leeuwen, T. 7/02/2019 In: Minerva. 27 p.
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Exploring the degree of delegated authority for the peer review of societal impact
Derrick, G.E., Samuel, S. 1/10/2018 In: Science and Public Policy. 45, 5, p. 673-682. 10 p.
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From “a fair game” to “a form of covert research”: Research Ethics Committee Members differing notions of consent and potential risk to participants within social media research.
Hibbin, R.A., Samuel, S., Derrick, G.E. 1/04/2018 In: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 13, 2, p. 149-159. 11 p.
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The Evaluators' Eye: Impact assessment and academic peer review
Derrick, G.E. 3/03/2018 London : Palgrave Macmillan. 211 p. ISBN: 9783319636269. Electronic ISBN: 9783319636276.

Take peer pressure out of peer review
Derrick, G.E. 1/02/2018 In: Nature. 554, 1 p.

The future of societal impact assessment using peer review: Pre-evaluation training and Inter-reviewer reliability
Derrick, G.E., Samuel, S. 23/05/2017 In: Palgrave Communications. 3, 10 p.
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Changing global policy to deliver safe, equitable and affordable care for women’s cancers
Ginsburg, O., Derrick, G.E. 25/02/2017 In: The Lancet. 389, 10071, p. 871-880. 10 p.
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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.
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Equity in the Elite: A Study into the British Academy Fellowship election process: An independent report commissioned by the British Academy, Committee for Equity and Diversity, Led by Prof Sarah Birch.
Derrick, G.E. 2016
Other contribution

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Invisible intermediaries: A systematic review into the role of research management in institutional research processes
Derrick, G.E., Nickson, A. 2014 In: Journal of Research Administration. 45, 2, p. 11-45. 35 p.
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Unwrapping “impact” for evaluation: A co-word analysis of the UK REF2014 policy documents using VOSviewer
Derrick, G.E., Meijer, I., van Wijk, E. 2014
Conference contribution/Paper

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.
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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.
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"A number you just can’t get away from”: Characteristics of Adoption and the Social Construction of Metric Use by Researchers
Derrick, G.E., Gillespie, J. 2013
Conference contribution/Paper

Are citations a complete measure for the impact of e-research infrastructures
Jonkers, K., Derrick, G.E., Lopez-Illescas, C., Van den Besselaar, P. 2013
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Bibliographic analysis of papers and authors published in Tobacco Control 1998-August 2011.
Chapman, S., Derrick, G.E. 03/2012 In: Tobacco Control. 21, p. 198-201. 4 p.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Trends and recent changes in the funding arrangements of Australian university research
Derrick, G.E. 2011 In: Informe CYD 2010, La contribución de las universidades españolas al desarrollo.. Madrid, Espana p. 133-135.

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.
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