ProAc

Profiling, instead of ranking, academics

Fabio Crameri
Fabio Crameri Bern, CH

Project Overview

Academia currently ranks academics and the ranking is mainly based on one single, flawed number, the h-index. ProAc is a data-based, visual toolbox that allows to profile academics based on not just one, but a selection of elaborate indices. Crucially, this will reduce unnecessary competition between academics and current ranking biases, and support high-quality, instead of high-quantity, research. And, it will provide funding to a keen academic.

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Funding goals

  1. Stage 1:

    5.000 CHF

    9% funded

    1 month of work (including basic expenses): Compiled suite of pre-existing and novel individual academic metrics to complement the h-index.

  2. Stage 2:

    20.000 CHF

    0% funded

    3 months of work (including additional expenses): Tested first suite of pre-existing and novel individual academic metrics forming the ProAc profile, and online platform for interactive community feedback.

  3. Stage 3:

    65.000 CHF

    0% funded

    10 months of work (including additional expenses): Version 1.0 of the multi-index ProAc Profile Toolbox for individual use with community input, and elaborate graphical representation.

  4. Finish Stage:

    85.000 CHF

    0% funded

    12 months of work (including additional expenses): Submitted peer-reviewed publication introducing ProAc Profile.

Academia currently ranks academics and the ranking is mainly based on one single, flawed number, the h-index (Hirsch, 2005). The h-index quantifies publication output and impact, and it does it poorly (e.g., Hirsch 2020).

Hirsch, J. E. (2005). An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(46), 16569-16572. doi.org

Hirsch, J. E. (2020). Superconductivity, what the H? The emperor has no clothes. arXiv preprint arXiv:2001.09496.
The proposed ProAc Profile is a data-based, visual toolbox that allows to profile, and not rank, academics. ProAc is based on not just one, but a selection of elaborate indices. Crucially, profiling based on ProAc will reduce unnecessary competition between academics and current ranking biases, and foster high-quality, instead of high-quantity, research.

For more information and the detailed ProAc proposal, visit: www.fabiocrameri.ch
The ProAc proposal was previously submitted to traditional funding source, but rejected by the funder despite only positive review comments.
After almost 10 years abroad in two different countries, and because of my 5-year old daughter, I moved back to Switzerland last year. Until now, there seems to be no academic job opportunity for me here in Switzerland, or remotely, despite my efforts and academic achievements.

For a detailed CV and publication record, visit www.fabiocrameri.ch
If one of the intermediate funding goals is not reached, you will get your money back.
Fabio Crameri
Fabio Crameri
Bern, CH
Researcher

I am a geophysicist by education with expertises in geodynamics, numerical modelling and diagnostics, scientific outreach and visualisation.

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June 11
2021

ProAc funding - Day 1

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June 11
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ProAc funding - Day 1

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