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Monday, August 27, 2007

Improving the UK RAE and fostering OA at the same time

Stevan Harnad, Validating Open Access Metrics for RAE 2008, Open Access Archivangelism, August 26, 2007.  Excerpt:

Summary:  The United Kingdom's Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has two pluses and two (correctable) minuses: ....

[The second correctable minus is that] RAE 2008 is needlessly insisting that researchers submit the publishers' PDFs for the 2008 exercise. It should instead require researchers to deposit their own peer-reviewed, revised, accepted final drafts in their own University's Institutional Repositories (IRs) for research assessment, where RAE can access them directly. This will not only provide the research database for assessment, but it will also help to accelerate the growth and benefits of Open Access in the UK and worldwide....