Yesterday the web-based research magazine Curie carried an article entitled “How can you put a number on collaboration?” (in Swedish) in which Pam Fredman, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, and I express our doubts about the proposal to base resource distribution on collaboration. This excerpt from the article encapsulates my concern:

“The pilot project was a useful exercise that taught us a good deal and showed us many things we were not aware of. But as a basis for distributing money – no, it doesn’t stand up,” she says.

Eva Åkesson’s objection, in part, is that it is difficult to find criteria for measuring the impact of collaboration.

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