Internal criteria for scientific choice: an evaluation of research in high-energy physics using electron accelerators.


The economic situation of scientific research is now very different from what it was in the early 1960s when Dr. Alvin Weinberg opened the debate on the criteria for scientific choice. Annual rates of growth of 10 per cent. or more in the budget for science were then common in most Western countries, while today scientists face the prospect of no growth at all or even a decline. Some progress has also been made in developing techniques for the evaluation of the scientific performance of research groups. These two facts make it interesting to reconsider the question of scientific choice. (author). Martin,-B.R.; Irvine,-J. (Sussex Univ., Brighton (UK). Science Policy Research Unit)