Publication and performativity

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Changing publication patterns among Hong Kong academics can be understood by reference to the effects of performativity and the audit culture. At a system and institutional level the research assessment exercise, based on a UK framework and first introduced in Hong Kong in 1993, has played a significant role in altering academic publication patterns. The effects include a decline of trust, the distortion of priorities, the invisibility of non-audited elements of practice, and punishment for non-compliance. Similar effects have occurred in other higher education systems that are subject to research audit exercises. Moreover, related international trends include the unbundling of the academic profession and the growth of scientometrics in evaluating publication performance. Copyright © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe changing academic profession in Hong Kong
EditorsGerard A. POSTIGLIONE, Jisun JUNG
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783319567914
ISBN (Print)9783319567891
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Macfarlane, B. (2017). Publication and performativity. In G. A. Postiglione & J. Jung (Eds.), The changing academic profession in Hong Kong (pp. 97-108). Cham: Springer.


  • Audit culture
  • Performativity
  • Research audit
  • Unbundling


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