La Royal Netherland Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW) publicó en 2005 un análisis de la evaluación de la calidad de la producción científica en humanidades y C. Sociales (Judging Research On Its Merits). El informe tiene una primera parte con datos y reflexiones donde justifica que la evaluación de estas ciencias deber abarcar objetivos más amplios y diversos que los tradicionales en ciencias sociales, y acaba proponiendo 6 objetivos (o targets) de la evaluación con sus correspondientes indicadores. Son éstos:

1. Indicators with respect to the target group of peers:

  • Publications in scientific journals.
  • Citations of publications by peers in scientific journals.
  • Reviews of publications by peers on the internet.
  • Cooperation with peers, for example, contributions to courses.
  • Scientific awards.
  • Keynote speeches and invited lectures.
  • Editorship of scientific journals.
  • Invitations by journals to review scientific publications.
  • Invitations to contribute to special issues or collections.
  • Received grants from research councils.

2. Indicators with respect to the target group of students:

  • Text books and lecture materials sold.
  • Reviews of publications by students on the internet.
  • Courses for students abroad.
  • Graduate PhD students.
  • Graduate masters students and their first jobs.

3. Indicators with respect to the target group of policy makers:

  • Publications via dissemination channels of policy makers.
  • Citations of publications by policy makers in their dissemination channels, for example, reports.
  • Reviews of publications by policy makers on the internet.
  • Cooperation with policy makers, for example, contributions to courses for
  • policy makers or setting up research programs with policy makers.
  • Lectures for audiences of policy makers.
  • Memberships of bodies advising policy makers.
  • Grants received from policy makers.

4. Indicators with respect to the target groupbusiness community:

  • Publications via dissemination channels of the business community.
  • Citations of publications by the business community in their dissemination
  • channels.
  • Reviews of publications by the business community on the internet.
  • Cooperation with the business community, for example contributions to courses for the business community or setting up research programs with the business community.
  • Lectures for audiences of the business community.
  • Memberships of bodies advising the business community.
  • Grants received from the business community.

5. Indicators with respect to the target group of professionals:

  • Publications for professionals.
  • Citations of publications by professionals in journals for professionals.
  • Reviews of publications by professionals on the internet.
  • Cooperation with professionals, for example contributions to courses for professionals or setting up research programs with professionals.
  • Awards by professionals.
  • Lectures for audiences of professionals.
  • Memberships of prestigious organizations of professionals.
  • Grants received from professionals.

6. Indicators with respect to the target group broader public:

  • Publications via dissemination channels of the broader public.
  • Citations of publications by the broader public in the media
  • Reviews of publications by the broader public on the internet.
  • Cooperation with the broader public, for example contributions to public meetings and exhibitions.
  • Awards by the broader public.
  • Lectures for audiences of the broader public.
  • Grants received from the broader public.