The blog ROARS (Return on Academic Research), was founded on September 2011 by eight academics and researchers, active both in the field of natural sciences and in social sciences and humanities. The board of editors is now composed by 10 persons. ROARS is one the most important Italian forums for discussion concerning research and higher education policies. Since its inception, we have published more than 3,200 articles, receiving  more than 43.000 comments and more than 18 millions contacts (data as of August 2017). Recently, the daily average is more than 12.000 visits. We have more than 3000 followers on Twitter and a Facebook group with almost 16.000 members.

The distinctive feature of ROARS is its strict adherence to an evidence-based approach to the discussion of policies in higher education and research. Governmental interventions are analysed in the context of the international debate and methodologies. Thus, we gained a widespread reputation for reliability, a key reason for our success. We are often mentioned by national newspapers and, occasionally, also by international magazines such as Science, Nature, Times Higher Education, Euroscientist.

As a spin-off of the blog, we have launched also an international peer-reviewed journal, RT, A Journal on Research Policy and Evaluation.

Here you can find the articles in English already published by Roars:

The articles

Have we reached the twilight of the fundamental science era?

There are some symptoms which indicate a decline of our scientific culture. Scientific organisations behave like a colony of bacteria which reproduce as far...

Iran: ricercatore condannato a morte. Venti giorni per ricorrere contro la...

Da Nature News: il 21 ottobre scorso, Ahmadreza Djalali, un ricercatore affiliato al Karolinska Institute e all'Università del Piemonte Orientale, è stato condannato a morte...

Why are Popular Music Studies excluded from Italian Universities? Gli SSD...

Pubblichiamo un contributo di Philip Tagg (past Professeur de musicologie de Université de Montréal) che descrive, nell'ambito di una rivendicazione settoriale che lamenta il...

Targeted academic boycott of Turkish higher education system

In January 2016, 2,212 academics signed a declaration calling on the Turkish government to end the war in the Kurdish region and allow international...

Astonishment is the only possible reaction at reading the latest call...

«The idea of supporting basic research activity by funding less than half of the 35.363 associate professors and researchers with a sum of 3000...

Italian National University Council declaration on the latest developments in Turkey

«The members the Italian National University Council, the representative body of all components of the Italian university system, express their indignation at the dismissal...

Open Letter on Science and the New US Immigration Policy

ROARS fully endorses the open letter promoted by Euroscience, following a similar action taken by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS...

Rationalizing the unreasonable: there are no good academics in the EU

Una riflessione arguta sul sistema di finanziamento a livello Europeo. Il successo di un progetto è considerato come un indicatore obiettivo di qualità accademica in tutto il...

A letter to stop the lynch campaign against our colleagues in...

If you would like to sign the letter to the Guardian below in support of academic freedom of speech in Turkey, please email with...