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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.

  1. Title/description of output

  2. Type of output:

    The following list of output types is available with the RAE software:

    AAuthored book GSoftware MComposition
    BEdited book HReport for external body NDesign
    CChapter in book IConfidential report for external body OExhibition
    DJournal article JInternet publication PArtefact
    EConference contribution KInternet publication (via subscription only) QScholarly edition
    FPatent/ published patent application LPerformance ROther form of assessable output

  3. Year of publication/output

    1. All outputs listed must have become publicly available during the assessment period. The assessment period is 1 January 1994 to 31 December 2000 for arts and humanities subjects (UoAs 45 to 67 inclusive), and 1 January 1996 to 31 December 2000 for other subjects (UoAs 1 to 44, 68 and 69). For publications the date of appearance will generally be that indicated by its imprint.

    2. There is an overlap between the assessment periods for the 1996 and 2001 RAEs. Research outputs produced in this period which were submitted in the 1996 RAE may be submitted to the 2001 RAE and will be given equal weight with all other outputs.

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:

  1. To include any specific additional information requested in the criteria of the panel to which the submission is being returned. In this case institutions should carefully consider the panel's request and limit information to that required.

  2. In the case of non-text outputs to give further information as to the present whereabouts of a work or to note that a photographic, electronic or other record exists.

  3. To briefly describe the type of output when output type selected is "Other form of assessable output" as it existed not later than 31 December 2000.

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,
Northavon House,
Bristol BS16 1QD

Email: rae@hefce.ac.uk

Last updated 30 November 2000

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