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The use of metrics in research assessment.

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Ruth Hattam (Assistant Director for Research) recently attended a session about the prospects and pitfalls around the use of metrics in research assessment. The event was hosted by SPRU (Science and Policy Research Unit) based at the University of Sussex, which is undertaking the HEFCE review of metrics, the report for which is due in June 2015. …

Gill Drinkald

British Academy highlights the need for variety of Open Access: “This includes consideration of the types of open access licences that should be permitted, the submission says. It believes the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivations (CC-BY-NC-ND) licence will usually be more appropriate for humanities and social science publications because this offers more safeguards against the misuse of work.”

More information here (via Research Professional).

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Lucy Jowett

The Policy Institute at King’s College London and Digital Science will be analysing the case studies submitted to the REF to illustrate the impact of research beyond academia. The analysis has been commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and its partners in the REF exercise. The work aims to maximise the value of the 6,975 case studies as a separate resource, analysing them and identifying what they can show about the wider impact of the research conducted by UK universities. The case studies will be made freely available for analysis in a database to be hosted on the HEFCE website. The outputs will be a well-curated, readily searchable database of the case studies, an overview report describing the strength of UK science, and a view on how the case study approach works in assessing and auditing impact.

The exercise will not affect the quality-related block funding awarded to institutions by the government, as the case studies have already been incorporated into that process.

See more at: https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/news/uk/ref-2014/2014/9/King-s-to-lead-assessment-of-REF-impact-case-studies-.html#sthash.KcxzAkPY.dpuf

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David Young

Remember when HEFCE suggested replacing peer review with metrics after RAE2008? They backed off fairly quickly following strong opposition, and the REF ended up, as the RAE, largely based on peer review. Well, now that REF2014 is over, talk of metrics-based research assessment is back and HEFCE have just announced an independent review, chaired by Prof James Wilsdon. It will report by spring 2015. More from THE [£] and Research Fortnight [£].

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HEFCE Open Access Policy for post-2014 REF

Open Access promomaterial by biblioteekje CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

HEFCE has today released its open access policy for the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework. I was intending to write a short summary this morning, but I’ve already been beaten to it by the ever-excellent Martin Eve, who’s got a “Really Short Version” in four bullets, and an extended abridged version if you want to dig a…

HEFCE Consultation on Open Access post-REF

Both myself and Ruth Hattam recently attended events organised by HEFCE focussing on the recent consultation paper around Open Access (OA) in the post-2014 REF.  The principle behind the proposals is that outputs submitted for the next REF submission (likely to be around 2020) should be open access. Definitions first For a publication to be…