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Looming REF deadlines lead to a rush in publication of lower quality research

Groen-Xu, Moqi, Teixeira, Pedro, Voigt, Thomas and Knapp, Bernhard (2018) Looming REF deadlines lead to a rush in publication of lower quality research. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (15 Mar 2018). Website.

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Abstract

The increased significance of research assessments and their implications for funding and career prospects has had a knock-on effect on academic publication patterns. Moqi Groen-Xu, Pedro A. Teixeira, Thomas Voigt and Bernhard Knapp report on research that reveals a marked increase in research productivity immediately prior to an evaluation deadline, which quickly reverses once the deadline has passed. Moreoever, the quality of papers published just before deadlines is lower, as measured by citations. Those who design research assessments should consider having cycles of varying lengths across different fields, affording researchers the time and opportunity to pursue more novel, risky projects.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 09:47
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 23:16
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/89041

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