Briefing Note 4
Research Outputs (RA2)
1. This briefing note gives clarification on the information requirements for research outputs in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). It should be read in conjunction with the RAE 2/99 Guidance on Submissions and RAE 5/99 - Assessment panels' criteria and working methods.
2. Research outputs may be any form of publicly available assessable output, including work that is directly relevant to industrial, business, governmental and other users of research. The sole exception to this is where completed work is not in the public domain because it is confidential. Information about the submission of confidential outputs is available in Briefing Note 5 Confidential Outputs. The research outputs selected should be the outcomes of research which best reflect the quality of work of the member of staff.
3. The following information is required for each item of output listed.
4. In addition to the required information fields listed above there is an "Other relevant details" field in which additional brief relevant information may be given. It is not expected that additional information will be provided for many outputs. The field should only be used under the following circumstances:
5. The 'Other relevant details' field may not be used to describe the research content or significance of the work, unless specifically requested in the panels' criteria, nor to volunteer opinions as to its relative quality.
6. Institutions must be able to make available, or arrange access to, any item of output cited within three working days of receiving a request from the RAE Team. In the case of internet publications the version available within the assessment period must be submitted. Therefore for internet publications which are not contained within an independently dated publication, such as an electronic journal, institutions will be required to provide a dated backed up copy of the website containing the output.
7. When assessing the research quality of a research output panels may take into consideration evidence that the item has already been reviewed or refereed by peers as one measure of quality. However the absence of such review may not, in itself, be taken to imply lower quality. Hierarchical lists or weightings of output types are not used in the assessment process. Panel members form judgements on all the evidence presented in the round, with full awareness of the wider context in which the outputs presented have been developed.
8. For further information please contact:The RAE team,
Bristol BS16 1QD
Last updated 30 November 2000