Measuring and Maximising UK Research Impact

Harnad, Stevan (2003) Measuring and Maximising UK Research Impact. [Newspaper/Magazine Article]

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The citation counts of papers whose full texts are freely accessible on the web are over 300% higher than those of papers that are only accessible on paper, or on toll-access websites. All of UK research stands to increase its impact dramatically by putting it all online. All that is needed is that every UK researcher should have a standardised online CV, continuously updated with all the performance indicators the RAE wishes to count, with every journal paper listed in that CV linked to its full-text in that university's online "eprint" archive (front-matter and bibliography only for books). Webmetric assessment engines can do all the rest, harvesting and analyzing the data. At Southampton we have already designed (free) software for creating the RAE CVs and eprint archives, along with citebase, a webmetric engine that analyses citations and downloads. The only thing still needed is a UK university policy of self-archiving all research output to maximize its impact (we have a draft model for that too) encouraged by a UK national policy of self-archiving all research output to assess its impact.

Item Type:Newspaper/Magazine Article
Subjects:Electronic Publishing > Archives
ID Code:3025
Deposited By: Harnad, Stevan
Deposited On:19 Jun 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55


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