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Category Archives: REF 2014
Dec 2 2013
A Bayesian approach to the REF: finding the right data on journal articles and citations to inform decision-making.
Now that the REF submission window has closed, a small panel of academics are tasked with rating thousands of academic submissions, which will result in university departments being ranked and public money being distributed. Given the enormity of the task … Continue reading
Posted by: December 2, 2013
Nov 28 2013
As the REF submission period ends, mismatched publishing incentives signal challenging times ahead in academia.
Academics are frequently subject to new types of evaluations. November marks the end of the submission process for the UK funding council’s evaluation, the Research Excellence Framework (REF). John Hudson discusses some of the shortcomings of the REF and the methods … Continue reading
Posted by: November 28, 2013
Nov 13 2013
The Matthew effect and REF 2014: Funding disparities between UK universities may cause greater strains over time.
As the submission deadline for REF2014 draws nearer, there is a need to reflect on how the subsequent allocation of funding will affect the UK research environment. Dorothy Bishop argues that the rumoured funding formula would dramatically increase the gulf … Continue reading
Posted by: November 13, 2013
Nov 8 2013
What happens when you make a book open access? New business models are emerging, but challenges still remain.
Initial studies into the effect of open access monographs suggest little to no impact on sales, but an increase in discoverability and online usage. But there are still many hurdles to overcome before OA books become a routine option for … Continue reading
Posted by: November 8, 2013
Nov 1 2013
The academic career path has been thoroughly destabilised by the precarious practices of the neoliberal university.
It is an increasingly difficult time to begin an academic career. The pressures of the REF, casualization and adjunctification of teaching and the disappearance of research funding are enormous obstacles academics face. Sydney Calkin looks at how academics have in many ways … Continue reading
Posted by: November 1, 2013
Oct 13 2013
Traditional textbooks on research methods tend to ignore, or gloss over, how research questions are constructed. In this text, Mats Alvesson & Jorgen Sandberg seek to challenge researchers to look past the easy or obvious choices and create more interesting and … Continue reading
Posted by: October 13, 2013
Aug 1 2013
Proposals for how the UK government intends to mandate open access for research assessment have been issued, along with the invitation for the academic community to respond. Meera Sabaratnam and Paul Kirby welcome the clarification on these policies and look ahead to what remains to be … Continue reading
Posted by: August 1, 2013
Jul 8 2013
Engaging people in making history: Paternalistic, top-down approaches to impact may limit innovation and two-way exchange
Laura King and Gary Rivett find that the RCUK’s top-down, paternalistic approach to understanding impact may compound relationships with non-academic partners, rather than facilitate fruitful exchange. A ground-up approach to impact that takes into consideration wider project ownership and expertise of … Continue reading
Posted by: July 8, 2013
May 21 2013
Last week the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment was published. This document aims to address the research community’s problems with evaluating individual outputs, a welcome announcement for those concerned with the mis-use of journal impact factors. Stephen Curry commends the Declaration’s … Continue reading
Posted by: May 21, 2013
May 14 2013
The apparatus of research assessment is driven by the academic publishing industry and has become entirely self-serving
Peer review may be favoured as the best measure of scientific assessment ahead of the REF, but can it be properly implemented? Peter Coles does the maths on what the Physics panel face and finds there simply won’t be enough time … Continue reading
Posted by: May 14, 2013