The website 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 9 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 3,600 articles, receiving more than 47,000 comments and almost 22 million contacts (data as of February 2018). To date, the typical daily average ranges between 5,000 and 10,000 visits, with a peak of almost 39,000 daily visits. We have more than 3,200 followers on Twitter and a Facebook group with almost 18,000 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

Bibliometric evaluation chokes innovation. But it’s OK because “We are not...

In 2017, the President of Anvur, the Italian agency for research evaluation, was asked by journalist Giulia Presutti if bibliometrics-based research evaluation could harm...

La fissazione per le metriche: un’illusione pericolosa

«The key components of metric fixation are the belief that it is possible – and desirable – to replace professional judgment (acquired through personal...

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...