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European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH).
ERIH in a nutshell

Humanities research in Europe is multifaceted and rich in lively national, linguistic and intellectual traditions. Much of Europe's Humanities scholarship is known to be first rate. However, there are specifities of Humanities research, that can make it difficult to assess and compare with other sciences. Also, it is not possible to accurately apply to the Humanities assessment tools used to evaluate other types of research. As the transnational mobility of researchers continues to increase, so too does the transdisciplinarity of contemporary science. Humanities researchers must position themselves in changing international contexts and need a tool that offers benchmarking. This is why ERIH (European Reference Index for the Humanities) aims initially to identify, and gain more visibility for top-quality European Humanities research published in academic journals in, potentially, all European languages. It is a fully peer-reviewed, Europe-wide process, in which 15 expert panels sift and aggregate input received from funding agencies, subject associations and specialist research centres across the continent. In addition to being a reference index of the top journals in 15 areas of the Humanities, across the continent and beyond, it is intended that ERIH will be extended to include book-form publications and non-traditional formats. It is also intended that ERIH will form the backbone of a fully-fledged research information system for the Humanities.

In 2007/8 the European Reference Index for the Humanities is jointly funded by ESF and ? la carte funding from ESF Member Organisations. Formerly, it was jointly funded by ESF and the European Commission ERA-NET project "Humanities in the European Research Area" (HERA) (Contract no.: ERAC-CT-2005-0161179) where it came under work-package 7 (Research Infrastructures

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