HEFCE have today published a letter to universities outlining key changes to their Open Access policy for the next REF. These include: deposit on acceptance now comes into force in April 2017, rather than 2016; there is now an exception to the deposit requirement for outputs available via Gold OA; “inadvertently non-compliant” outputs can be made compliant retrospectively.
HEFCE held a conference on 25 March 2015 called ‘REFlections: Evaluation of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and a look to the future’ You can now read the presentations from the event including analysis of impact case studies and access to a database of the case studies, feedback on the REF from institutional and REF panel perspectives and a look at the potential for metrics in future research assessments.
Why not sign up to attend this informative one hour session run by Lucy Jowett, Research Impact Manager (RBS) on Tuesday 3rd March 2015, 12 – 1pm, City Campus? The session will encourage researchers from all disciplines and at various career stages, to actively think about how they will achieve excellence with impact and detail the support…
The full submissions from REF2014 have today been released. You can view them here by UoA or institution: REF 2014 Results and Submissions. This includes all impact case studies and templates, as well as a list of submitted staff, their outputs and environment data and templates.
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. …
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.”
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.