RQF : can we have what RAE is having?
Posted by Peta Hopkins on March 6, 2007
One of the thorny problems being faced by Australian repository builders is how they can provide access to publisher versions of research papers for Research Quality Framework assessors, without contravening copyright or licences. The first submission for RQF is scheduled for April 2008.
In the UK, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) partnering with publishers has announced an arrangement where RAE panel members will have free electronic access to articles submitted to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The access will be enabled using software from CrossRef and Eduserv.
The RQF will require Australian Universities to submit an electronic portfolio for research groups, which will include 4 pieces of research output for each researcher. Assessors will need to access those outputs, and many will be pleased that their research is being assessed on a level-playing field using publisher versions rather than a plain author’s version. While author versions available in repositories may be peer-reviewed, there are concerns that assessors may sub-consciously give them less credit than those presented in the publisher’s layout.
The RAE licence sounds like a winner.
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