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Institutional repositories and research assessment in the UK

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Thu Jan 27 21:05:52 EST 2005

Excerpt from Peter Suber's Open Access News

Michael Day, Institutional repositories and research assessment, 
a supporting study for the ePrints UK
project, v. 0.1 (draft), December 2, 2004. 
Abstract: 'This study concerns the potential role of 
institutional repositories in supporting research assessment in 
universities with specific reference to the Research Assessment 
Exercises in the UK. After a brief look at research evaluation 
methods, it introduces the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 
focusing on its role in determining the distribution of research 
funding, the assessment process itself, and some concerns that have 
been raised by participants and observers. The study will then 
introduce institutional repositories and consider the ways in which 
they might be used to enhance the research assessment process in the 
UK. It will first consider the role of repositories in providing 
institutional support for the submission and review process. Secondly, 
the paper will consider the ways in which citation linking between 
papers in repositories might be used as the basis for generating 
quantitative data on research impact that could be used for 
assessment. Thirdly, this study will consider other ways in which 
repositories might be able to provide quantitative data, e.g. usage 
statistics or Webometric link data, which may be able to be used - 
together with other indicators - to support the evaluation of 

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