Hans-Dieter Daniel

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Hans-Dieter Daniel holds a dual professorship at ETH Zurich and at the University of Zurich. Since 2001, he has been Director of the Evaluation Office of the University of Zurich and since 2002, Professor for Social Psychology and Research on Higher Education at ETH Zurich. Dr. Daniel is a psychologist by training, and a graduate of the University of Konstanz (Germany). He was professor for social science research methods at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Kassel and director of the International Center for Higher Education Research Kassel (formerly: Center for Research on Higher Education and Work). He is a member of the International Council of Freie Universität Berlin, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the University of Helsinki. He was chairman of the Scientific Evaluation Board of the University of Vienna from 2005 to 2011. Since 2009, he has been a member of the International Advisory Board for the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) “Audit – Internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions”. In 2008, he was a member of the panel for the evaluation of the support actions of the European Research Council (ERC). Since 2009, Dr. Daniel has been chairman of the Steering Committee of the Center for Scientific Research Management, Speyer (Germany). Since 2011, he has been a member of the Evaluation Committee of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).

Dr. Daniel’s scholarly interests include

  • Quantitative studies of science with a focus on peer review research (research on reviewing of research grant proposals, journal manuscripts, and fellowship applications) and evaluative bibliometrics
  • Research on higher education with an emphasis on students’ evaluation of teaching and study programmes, alumni surveys, and international university rankings

He is a highly cited researcher (cf. www.highlycited.com, 2014) and co-author of several highly cited journal articles (last ten years) in Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters. According to Kostoff (2004, p. 283) his book “Guardians of Science – Fairness and Reliability of Peer Review” is one of the ten “most cited (references) by recent peer review articles retrieved from the Science Citation Index”.

Assignments

Current research projects

  • Factors Influencing Approval Probability in FWF Decision-Making Procedures
  • Application of Bottom-up Criteria in the Assessment of Grant Proposals of Junior Researchers
  • Meta-analyses on peer review and bibliometrics
  • Assessing the impact of publicly funded research programmes with a focus on environment and sustainabilty research
  • Meta-analyses on reliability and validity of student evaluation of teaching
  • Rankings of universities
  • Application of statistical methods in bibliometrics

Publications

Funding decision-making systems: An empirical comparison of continuous and dichotomous approaches based on psychometric theory.
Rüdiger Mutz, Lutz Bornmann, and Hans-Dieter Daniel
Research Evaluation, (2016) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Count regression models in Informetrics.
Lutz Bornmann, and Hans-Dieter Daniel
Journal of Informetrics, (2016) Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Geleitwort.
Hans-Dieter Daniel
In Evaluation von Studium und Lehre: Grundlagen, methodische Herausforderungen und Lösungsansätze, edited by Tobias Wolbring and Daniel Großmann. (2016) Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH.
The effect of the 'very important paper' (VIP) designation in Angewandte Chemie International Edition on citation impact: A propensity score matching analysis.
Rüdiger Mutz, Tobias Wolbring, and Hans-Dieter Daniel
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, (2016) Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Humanities scholars’ conceptions of research quality.
Michael Ochsner, Sven E. Hug, and Hans-Dieter Daniel
In Research Assessment in the Humanities: Towards Criteria and Procedures, 43-69. (2016) Cham: Springer International Publishing.
 
 
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