Australian academics have just learnt that the current way of judging the quality of our publications has just been scrapped. Here is the media release and here is the article in The Australian. The full details are yet to be known,
but it looks to be a better way to assess quality, but with perhaps a greater administrative cost.
On reading more of the details, it seems the journals will still be evaluated (i.e., ranked) but by an opaque process where there will be a research evaluation committee set up to determine, essentially, the order of the journals. This order, I presume, will not be known to the academics. This is to prevent lists being used as performance targets within universities. From the media release:
… evaluation committees will be presented with a profile of the journals (or other relevant publications) used most frequently by the unit under evaluation.
Is it too early to predict a disaster?