Research excellence and scientific advisory boards

Maya Göser, Stefan Wimmer, Johannes Sauer

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Abstract

Scientific advisory boards are frequently established to provide scientific insights and advice to policymakers. Advisory board appointing bodies often state that research excellence and scientific seniority are the main grounds on which advisory board members are selected. Many authors have pointed out that there is more to giving good scientific advice than just being an expert for a specific research field. The aim of this study is to analyse if and how research excellence correlates with the probability of being appointed as a scientific advisory board member. We collected data for scientific advisory boards from both the USA and Germany. We use logit regression models to analyse how research excellence correlates with the probability of appointment to a scientific advisory board. Our results suggest that research excellence is insignificant or even correlates negatively with the probability of being appointed to a scientific advisory board.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1044-1058
Number of pages15
JournalScience and Public Policy
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • advisory boards
  • h-index
  • research excellence
  • scientific advice

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