Research Access, Impact and Assessment

Harnad, Stevan (2001) Research Access, Impact and Assessment. Times Higher Education Supplement, 1487, 16.


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The RAE can help hasten the freeing of access to the research literature by mandating that all UK universities self-archive all their annual refereed research in their own eprint archives. The harvesters (e.g., will provide newer and richer measures of research performance and impact with the help of citation-linking services for open archives ( is an international collaboration between Southampton, Cornell and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, jointly supported by the NSF in the US and JISC in the UK). Both the citation impact and the usage (download) impact, for the papers and the authors at UK universities and abroad, will be not only accessible but assessable continuously online by anyone who is interested, any time, instead of just in a quadrennial RAE exercise.

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Additional Information: Appeared as: "Why I think research access, impact and assessment are linked." Times Higher Educational Supplement, 18 May 2001.
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Keywords: open access, research assessment, rae, metrics, research impact, citations, scientometrics, webmetrics, institutional repositories, rcuk
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 255950
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May 2001Published
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2001
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:56
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