The United Kingdom’s Approach to Evaluating Research

Oppenheim, Charles (2009). The United Kingdom’s Approach to Evaluating Research. In: National and Institutional Perspectives on Metrics Based Research Evaluation. Biometrics Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 16-17 April, 2009.

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Author Oppenheim, Charles
Title of paper The United Kingdom’s Approach to Evaluating Research
Conference name Biometrics Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 16-17 April, 2009
Convener Thomson Reuters & The University of Queensland
Proceedings title National and Institutional Perspectives on Metrics Based Research Evaluation
Publisher ISI Web of Knowledge Australia
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In the past, the UK's Research Assessment Exercises have relied heavily on assessment by a panel of experts in the particular Unit of Assessment that the researchers being evaluated happened to work in. It was therefore quite a surprise when the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, announced that in future, research evaluations would be bibliometrics based. In this talk, the history of the RAE will be sketched out and the motives for changing to a bibliometrics approach will be explained. The current REF Pilot experiment will be explained and the bibliometric methods being used will be critically examined. The role of Evidence Ltd. and the fact that it is now owned by Thomson Reuters will be explored. The Keynote will end with speculation about how the future REF might be applied and with commentary on the validity of citation counting for analysing research quality.
Subjects 130103 Higher Education
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Conference Keynote

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