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Multilingualism is integral to accessibility and should be part of European research assessment reform

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2021

London School of Economics, December 7th, 2021

Developing research systems that promote diverse, multilingual and relevant research for different audiences is a key and often overlooked element in making research accessible. However, biases in traditional research assessment often place researchers looking to produce multilingual research outputs at a disadvantage. Reflecting on the European Commission’s recently published aims for the reform of research assessment Janne Pölönen, Emanuel Kulczycki, Henriikka Mustajoki and Vidar Røeggen, suggest the omission of multilingualism from this agenda, risks undermining the project’s aims of supporting high-quality and accessible research.