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 4,000 articles, receiving more than 54,000 comments and more that 26 million contacts (data as of September 2020). 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 3,400 followers on Twitter and a Facebook group with more than 19,000 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

The unreasonable effectiveness of bias in scientific discoveries

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Planning scientific discoveries is not like building a railroad. Extreme accuracy in the analysis of projects can be sometimes counterproductive, similarly to what happens...

How Academic Institutions Neglect Their Duty

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There is a reason academic institutions are providing a basic infrastructure for housing, electricity, HVAC, water, etc. for their researchers. Academic institutions have a...

Gaetano Manfredi: a new Minister for old policies?

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In the opinion of Roars' Editorial Board, and also in the opinion of many commenters, the decision to divide the MIUR ministry into two...

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

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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

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«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?

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...