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Bibliometrics pilot exercise

During 2008-09, HEFCE conducted a pilot exercise to test and develop bibliometric indicators of research quality for use in the REF. Twenty two UK higher education institutions took part, covering 35 units of assessment from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The following reports were published:

The pilot exercise concluded that citation information is not sufficiently robust to be used formulaically or as a primary indicator of quality in the REF; but there is scope for such data to inform and enhance the process of expert review.

These conclusions drew on feedback from participating institutions, Expert Advisory Groups, and consultation with the wider sector.